Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has acknowledged the work of the media during the General Elections.
“This is probably the first Election that has fully utilised the media for campaigning and reaching out to voters across the board,” Tuilaepa said.
“The media coverage of candidates and political issues, has really led to important discussions and awareness of issues that our communities must consider for the future development of Samoa.
“As candidates, all we can do is share with voters what we believe is best for Samoa, but the final decision is not ours.
“It’s up to the voters, the people of Samoa, to decide who they want to lead the government and the country.”
Away from the media, Tuilaepa is quoted by RNZI saying that his government’s biggest challenge in the next term in office is to implement climate change adaptation programmes.
The H.R.P.P won 44 of the 49 seats in Parliament. He pinpointed climate change as a leading issue that his island country is grappling with.
“The biggest challenge for the government would be to put in place adaptation projects that would assist the country to cope with climate change, and that means it cuts right across all sectors of the economy.”
Tuilaepa says another main challenge is to keep growing Samoa’s economy after the moderate but positive growth of recent years in the face of global financial shocks.