27 Jan 2015

Samoan PM calls on minister to step down

11:19 am on 27 January 2015

The Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has called on the Associate Education Minister to resign.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZ / Alex Perrottet

Talamua online reports that during a clash in Parliament, the PM told Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota to stop asking stupid questions, and said he was out of order for interjecting during a debate.

Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota is a former cabinet member, now sitting on the back bench, and has been a vocal supporter of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee Report's on the Auditors Report, which include legal action against those accused of corrupt practices and collusion.

The Government's response to the recommendations, tabled on Friday, says the recommendations have been implemented.

Last year, Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota said he was going to set up a new political party but later denied the comments saying it was a joke.

There were reports of a caucus meeting yesterday to discuss Tu'u'u's fate.