28 Jan 2015

Samoa MP rejects leader’s call to quit party

4:11 pm on 28 January 2015

A controversial MP in Samoa's ruling HRPP party, Tu'u'u Anasi'i Leota, is ignoring the Prime Minister's call for him to quit the party.

Tu'u'u, who is the Associate Minister for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, had questioned the credibility of the government over a proposed amendment relating to the National Provident Fund's death benefit.

This prompted the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, to call the Siumu constituency MP's actions in parliament stupid, and called on him to resign.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says Tu'u'u is rejecting that call, saying the HRPP is a good party, but he has issues with the leadership.

"He's not going to leave the party. But he's concerned with the way Tuilaepa is leading the party. He's very concerned with the way he leads the HRPP. And he also says what he said in parliament, and what he said in the media is all supported by 20 MPs of the ruling party.

Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says according to a source Tu'u'u has been given one more chance by the party.