4 Mar 2014

Samoa's HRPP caucus meeting to address members threatening to leave

7:26 am on 4 March 2014

Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection Party is expected to have a caucus meeting this week that will address the issues surrounding members threatening to leave the party.

Last week the MP for Siumu constituency, Tu'uu Anasi'i Leota, confirmed that he, and other members of parliament, intended to leave the HRPP and set up a new party.

This followed dissatisfation with the Finance Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, over allegations of abuse of power and mismanagement.

However, local media have now quoted Tu'uu as claiming his comments were made in jest.

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says he visited Tu'uu last week to ask him about frictions in the HRPP and setting up a new party.

"He was speaking openly, in the presence of other MPs, both in government and in the opposition about the party. Well the Prime Minister I believe, returned to the country, I'm told that there must be a caucus meeting some time this week, and I believe one of these issues about Tu'uu will be the agenda of that caucus meeting."

Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia.