20 Apr 2016

Samoa's Palusalue withdraws petition out of respect

8:10 am on 20 April 2016

Samoa's former opposition leader, Palusalue Faapo II, has withdrawn his election petition against a ruling HRPP MP who defeated him.

Palusalue said justice needs to be done but he decided to respect his constituency's plea to forgive the respondent.

Palusalue's bribery and treating allegations were scheduled to be heard in court on Tuesday.

But his lawyer told the court the matter had been settled after successful negotiations between the parties.

Samoa's opposition leader Palusalue Faapo the 2nd

Palusalue Faapo II Photo: RNZI

The former Tautua Samoa party leader said the government must consider doing something so that future petitions are not under any outside pressure.

The only remaining election petition before the courts is the case against the Faleata i sisifo MP, and Associate Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi.

More than four hundred voters from the constituency have been summoned to appear to give evidence in defence of the petitioner's allegations that they are not eligible voters.