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Call for Samoa PM to delay controversial bills

Friday 1 May 2020 | Written by Legacy Author | Published in Small World

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Call for Samoa PM to delay controversial bills
Samoa First Leader, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, (middle), and SNDP party leader and former MP, Valasi Togamaga Tafito (2nd from right) Photo: RNZ Pacific / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

Two political parties in Samoa have called on the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to delay passing controversial bills, RNZ reports.

The Samoa First and Samoa National Democratic parties support the Samoa Law Society and the Judiciary's opposition to the three bills now before a Parliamentary committee.

The leaders of the two parties raised deep concerns over the rapid way the government processed the bills, especially amendments to the constitution which would give independence to the Lands and Titles court under a separate jurisdiction.

The SNDP party leader and former MP, Valasi Togamaga Tafito, described Tuilaepa's administration over the proposed legislation, as communism style of leadership.

He referred to some seven years of consultations before the current 1981 Lands and Titles court Act had been passed in Parliament.