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Former Samoa leader needs medical help in NZ – health officials

Wednesday 19 January 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in Regional, Samoa

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Former Samoa leader needs medical help in NZ – health officials
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Photo: Screengrab

The Samoa cabinet is considering a request from the Ministry of Health for the former prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, to be medivaced to New Zealand.

The Samoa cabinet is considering a request from the Ministry of Health for the former prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, to be medivaced to New Zealand.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Photo: Screengrab

A Ministry of Health official said they had already prepared the necessary paperwork for Cabinet's review and consideration.

Last Thursday the 76-year-old was admitted to Intensive Care at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole hospital and released on Tuesday.

Radio Polynesia reported Tuilaepa had a high fever.

Parliament resumed this week but Tuilaepa, who became the opposition leader following last year's acrimonious election, has not taken his seat.

The oppostion, the Human Rights Protection Party, is yet to make any official statement regarding its leader's situation.

But an RNZ Pacific correspondent reported there had been calls for the veteran politician to step down.