19 Nov 2004

Samoa PM refutes opposition claims in TV airtime row

8:07 am on 19 November 2004

The Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, says he answers televised questions at length - in case he gets criticised for not taking any notice of the Opposition.

The Opposition is complaining of the 10 to one ratio in favour of the Prime Minister on state television.

It says much of Tuilaepa's airtime is spent abusing the main opposition party.

Tuilaepa says he just can't give one-word replies, adding that wouldn't be the reply of an educated person or an adult.

Tuilaepa says he must give what he calls complete replies because he says the questions are deep and meaningful.