24 May 2013

Samoa Prime Minister stands by Finance Minister and accuses political aspirants

10:13 am on 24 May 2013

The Samoan Prime Minister has defended his Finance Minister after ongoing pressure from the opposition party and his own Government members.

A long list of grievances against Faumuina Tiatia Liuga was published in the Samoa Observer last week, which was part of a letter sent to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, calling for the Minister's sacking.

Tuilaepa says there have been misunderstandings and despite the caucus vote showing ten members wanting Faumuina to be removed from the Ministry, he has his full support.

He says two associate ministers were moved on to avoid any conflicts of interest with their private businesses, after the opposition made accusations.

Tuilaepa says there is no disunity in the Government, just disappointed aspirants.

"The allegations are really political, which have been initiated by a very vocal political opposition that are aspiring for the limelight and fuelled further by the media."

The Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.