Tuilaepa Playing Games Again. See an American Samoa contrary position in tomorrow's Weekend Reading. Tuilaepa was cited on Radio NZ International, the Contrary Position was not

Samoa PM says there will be no Fiji elections in 2014

Posted at 00:18 on 27 January, 2012 UTC
The Prime Minister of Samoa has vigorously attacked Fiji’s interim government, saying there no chance a general election will go ahead in Fiji in 2014.
Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has described the military regime’s promises of an election in two years time as a pipe dream.
He says the regime’s empty promises create deception and false hope among Fiji citizens and the international community.
Concerns have been raised about the militarisation of Fiji’s public service, a situation Samoa’s leader describes as unqualified army colonels occupying top-level positions.
While comparing the iron will of Samoan people to the situation in Fiji, Tuilaepa warns that Fiji could soon experience the Pacific version of the Arab Spring.
He says one cannot suppress people indefinitely because people power is mightier than guns.
Tuilaepa says if what is happening in Fiji occurred in Samoa, 100,000 people would march from the mountains, plantations and countryside into the streets of Apia - old women armed with brooms included.
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flyhalf said…
Snarky remarks by Tuilaepa on Fiji's progress.

In the words of a fine Arab proverb, 'The dogs may bark; the caravan goes on!'
Taukei. said…
Put Faleomavaega - Tuiaepa & a Tanoa on Mats before a cross sections of Samoans & watch who would get the firsts Bilo?
Anonymous said…
@ Taukei

Who cares who has the first bilo? Put both men before the US Congress and watch who would get the greater hearing?

Now isnt that a more relevant exercise or competition on political and geopolitical influence rather than some silly cultural yaqona drinking contest under a mango tree?
Cicero said…
There is nothing silly about the use or misuse of Public Money. The disposal of public funds is at the very foundation of governance. Since the time of Adam Smith the way in which governments make use of money which is essentially 'disposable income' has been subjected to an incremental degree of scrutiny. "Cui bono"? was Roman Senator Marcus Tullius Cicero's critical question.

Following on from "Salus Populi - suprema est lex" . The Fiji Police force guiding principle.

Are these principles of governance apparent and transparent at every level?

As a Cyclone approaches - so does the salient test. The ability and capacity of any government to meet the needs of the people it presumes to govern.

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