16 Sep 2006

Samoa PM shows concern over possible de-registration of main Opposition party

6:16 am on 16 September 2006

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is concerned of the possible de-registration of the Opposition, the Samoa Democratic United party, if the leadership row is not resolved before parliament resumes in November.

The two factions within the SDUP party are still at a stand-off over the leadership.

Tuila'epa says if the stand-off over the change of leadership between Leader Le Mamea Ropati, and deputy leader Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, is not resolved, then he predicts it will be a one party parliament.

The prime minister points out that this is not what democracy is all about.

Tuila'epa says leadership needs people with patience and Le Mamea should be given another chance as he had only lost one election since he became Opposition leader in the past five years.

Meanwhile the two attempts by the deputy leader of the Opposition and his supporters to convince the deputy speaker that he has the support of the majority of caucus members were recently rejected.