19 Aug 2009

Tautua Samoa party MPs apologise to Speaker and Parliament

7:33 am on 19 August 2009

Samoa's parliamentary speaker has decided not to refer eight Tautua Samoa party MPs to the house ethics and privileges committee for contempt of parliament.

However, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, has ordered the MPs to apologize for unlawfully entering the house by force in June after he declared their nine seats vacant in May.

That decision was later overturned by the chief justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu after the Tautua Samoa party took the issue to court.

In the first day of sitting this week since the house was adjourned in June, the Speaker told parliament it is time to move forward and not to think about what happened in the past.

The interim chairman of the Tautua party, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, during his apology, told the house the party's 5 million US dollars for damages against the speaker has now been dropped.

He also urged all MPs, including the speaker, to forgive each other.