31 Jul 2020

New Samoan party calls for limit on terms for PM

6:17 pm on 31 July 2020

The latest political party to register for the 2021 General Elections in Samoa wants to limit the Prime Minister's term in office to just two terms.

Fa'atuatua I Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST, was officially registered on Thursday and promptly announced they would be fielding a candidate in each of the 50 seats up for grabs next year.

Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt

Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Heading the party is former speaker and cabinet minister, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, who resigned from Parliament last month and now faces a by-election.

The Samoa Observer newspaper reported that the party promised to stop church ministers paying taxes and review the controversial trio of bills seeking to change the Constitution to allow for a major overhaul of the judiciary .

FAST said limiting the term of a Prime Minister to two terms would also ensure good governance and avoid the abuse of power and entrenched corruption.

The current prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has been in the position for over 20 years.

Other areas the party wanted to address included stronger recognition of the contribution overseas-based Samoans made to the country; a decentralising of selected services to come under the management of village councils; and a push for more transparency and efficiency in the management of public-owned assets.