28 May 2007

Samoa's Democratic United party considers court action against government

10:31 am on 28 May 2007

The leader of the Samoa Democratic United party or SDUP, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, says corruption within the government is getting worse and the country is heading into a disaster if the ruling HRPP party would not act.

Asiata says it has to be a separation of powers in the five institutions of government such as the Office of the Head of State, Parliament, the Executive, the Public Service Commission, and the Judiciary.

The SDUP leader says the current Executive which includes the prime minister and twelve cabinet ministers plus 26 associate ministers is a domination of parliament that violates the Westminster tradition.

Asiata says if the government will not listen, his party is considering taking the issue to court.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele, has dismissed the allegations as rubbish.