4 Sep 2006

Samoa opposition MP withdraw support for leader and deputy leader

1:41 pm on 4 September 2006

One of Samoa's Opposition MPs has withdrawn from the group of five MPs who last week gave their support for a change of leadership within the Samoa Democratic United party or SDUP.

In a letter to SDUP party leader and deputy leader, the MP, Mulipola Oliva, says he has decided to withdraw his support in order for him to seek solutions to overcome the differences and friction within the party.

He is not supporting party leader, Le Mamea Ropati, either as he prefers to act as a mediator.

But Mulipola Oliva's move has been described by a party supporter loyal to Le Mamea as dirty politics.

However, deputy leader, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, on the other hand says the MP's support for him to be the new leader still remains.