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Tautua Party sues speaker for damages

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, June 12, 2009) – The Speaker of Parliament has rejected the resignation by the member of parliament for Palauli, Toluono Feti, from the Tautua Samoa political party. The Speakers decision to disqualify the nine MPs of the party was delivered on May 29 and Toluono’s resignation is dated 2 June.

The Speaker told the local media that he has already informed the Member about his decision not accepting his resignation. The affected MPs and Tautua Party are waiting on the courts decision on their injunction against the Speakers decision. Tolofua has also stated that it is better for the MPs to start preparing for the by-elections. Tautua Party meanwhile has sued the Speaker for damages of $10million. They say the decision is irresponsible and not in the best interests of the Samoan people. Parliament is reconvening next Monday for the budget debate. The nine constituencies will be without voice in the debate as the budget has been cut due to the economic crisis. Opposition MPs have already blamed the governments poor management of the economy as the reason for the current "economic mess" as reflected in the budget.


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