Tuilaepa rejects call to limit PM’s term

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has brushed off suggestions by some members of the public that the prime minister’s position be limited to two terms.

Mr Tuilaepa has been serving as prime minister since 1998.

The suggestion followed his public announcement about the sensitivity around the selection of the Head of State and the idea that further appointments should be capped at two terms.

Asked for a response to suggestions from the public about limiting the terms of the prime minister, he said it was a non-issue.

“The Members of Parliament are not even thinking about that,” he said, “not even close. That is far from their thoughts.”

Mr Tuilaepa then asked why his position was being questioned.

“It’s not my appointment that’s up for discussion,” he said.

“Why drag the prime ministership into this when the prime minister’s seat is not even the subject of the matter?” he said chuckling.

Mr Tuilaepa has been prime minister for 19 years.

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