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Mar 10

"Our numbers in Parliament have increased" - PM to the NZ Herald

APIA: 9 March 2011: "In essence, our numbers in Parliament have increased,” responded the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to an article in the New Zealand Herald Monday this week that quoted Dr Steven Ratuva of the Auckland University.

The article titled "Samoan leaders take hit" quoted one Dr Steven Ratuva of the University of Auckland claiming the utilization of tsunami funds had an impact on election results. 

In a statement issued by the Press Secretariat the Prime Minister said: “It is important that we respond to these claims because if they go unchecked,

readers – particularly in New Zealand will take it as fact,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa.

“If you look at the tsunami worst-hit areas – Siumu, Falealili, Lotofaga, Lepa and Saleapaga, Aleipata Itupa i Luga and Aleipata Itupa i Lalo – all seven seats, including both seats of Falealili, were captured by the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) last Friday.

“That is clear evidence of people’s satisfaction with government’s tsunami response in including relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction and how tsunami funds were utilized. It is also a vindication of people’s confidence in the HRPP government.

“May I also remind the Herald, the HRPP won 36 seats last Friday – one more than it did in the 2006 general election. So in essence, our numbers in Parliament have increased,” the PM said.

Talamua understands that one of the tsunami hit areas, Manono Island where one person was killed by the waves and extensive damage recorded, also elected an HRPP candidate in last Fridays' general elections.

Author: Lance Polu - Talamua
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