8 Sep 2006

Samoa's Deputy Speaker rejects another claim that opposition has a new leader

9:53 am on 8 September 2006

The Deputy Speaker of the Samoa Parliament, La'auli Leuatea Polata'ivao has rejected a second letter from Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai claiming that he is now the leader of the opposition Samoa Democratic United Party (SDUP) by virtue of having the confidence of five MPs.

La'auli says a caucus majority of five is not enough to change the leadership of a political party.

The Samoa Observer newspaper quotes him as saying eight is the required number and that requirement must be met.

The deputy speaker said his rejection of Asiata's letter means the issue would not be passed to Parliament for consideration .

Asiata said that he has not received an official notice from the deputy speaker but learned of the decision from television