17 Dec 2005

Samoa PM pokes fun at opinion poll which suggested waning support

8:20 am on 17 December 2005

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele has made fun of an opinion poll which had Opposition leader Le Mamea Ropati ahead of him, as the preferred choice to be the next premier after next year's election.

Tuilaepa has told the Samoa Observer newspaper that the poll result made Le Mamea so happy that he had experienced a lapse in vision and got into a car accident last week.

A pick up truck Le Mamea was driving was hit by another vehicle from behind as it was making a left turn at traffic lights at Matafele.

Le Mamea said he was happy with the poll results but he wasn't taking it too seriously.

Tuilaepa said the poll was the opinion of one person, and the survey didn't decide the 49 members of Parliament who elect the prime minister.

He advised the newspaper to select a single voter or at least three people from each constituency to question.

The Samoa Observer polled 2-hundred people in different parts of Apia last week.