“I’m still a very happy man”

Long serving Member of Parliament and former Cabinet Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, is unfazed by not being named in Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Cabinet.

 “How do I feel? I’m still a happy man,” Faumuina told the Samoa Observer yesterday. 

“I’m happy because I am not desperate for money.”

The former Minister of Finance did not elaborate.

But he made the comments in response to a question about being left out of not only the Cabinet but also the Associate Minister portfolios.

Faumuina and the former Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo, were among the biggest names not included in Tuilaepa’s Cabinet.

Attempts to contact Fonotoe for a comment were unsuccessful.

The Samoa Observer understands that he is in Japan for official government business.  

In the meantime, Faumuina, who was last year appointed the Associate Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, told the Samoa Observer he was a very happy man. 

He was among members of Parliament who attended an orientation session at Tuanaimato yesterday.

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