16 Jun 2009

Tautua Samoa party MPs ordered to leave Parliament house

11:18 am on 16 June 2009

In Samoa, the Speaker of Parliament, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, has ordered members of the Tautua Samoa political party to leave parliament.

The decision follows a peaceful confrontation in the house between the speaker and members of the Tautua Samoa party.

The groups' seats were declared vacant recently but the members of the party still entered the house and took their parliamentary seats.

Former HRPP MP Palusalue Fa'apo II asked the speaker for a chance to speak about the ruling, but he was told it was not allowed.

Tolofuaivalelei then asked the house sergeant to escort the members out.

The Tautua Samoa party members insisted they have not been officially informed of the ruling but the speaker says that a public notice published in the government newspaper, Savali, was the official notification of the dissolution of their seats.

The House is now debating the 2009-2010 financial year budget.