9 Jun 2006

Samoa PM to cancel lawsuit against opposition leaders

3:52 pm on 9 June 2006

Samoa's Prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has decided to cancel his lawsuit against leaders of the Samoa Democratic United Party and Samoa Party.

The prime minister's legal action was taken in response to a joint election campaign statement by the two parties' leaders.

They accused the Prime Minister and his ruling Human Rights Protection party of signing an agreement with the World Bank to legalise the sale of Samoa's customary land.

The joint statement had said Tuila'epa and the World Bank signed the agreement.

The prime minister vehemently denied the allegations.

In announcing the cancellation of his legal action, the Prime Minister said several church leaders and members of the public as well as his family had advised him not to go ahead with the lawsuit.