Caretaker P.M. calls for peace

The caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi is calling for peace amongst the public amid signs of possible political unrest following this week's Supreme Court ruling directing the Head of State to convene Parliament. 

Tuilaepa's call follows reports of two  buses full of Falelatai chiefs and villagers making their way to the residence of the Head of State to "protect" him from anyone pressuring him to convene Parliament.

Speaking during a special announcement on Wednesday morning, Tuilaepa said the movement was in anticipation of pressure being applied to the Head of State and had raised issues of familial and cultural respect. 

"This morning, I was notified by our Ministry of Police that they (the chiefs and villagers) are currently at Vailele at the Head of State Residence regarding a meeting with the Aiga Sa Taua'ana and their effort to culturally protect their Tama Aiga as usual when the boundary of mutual respect (va tapuia) is affected," he said.

"The highest expectation is for our country to be at peace despite the unstable situation our political realm is in right now. 

"We appeal that you leave it to us the politicians of Samoa as well as the Police Service who are the security of our country.

"We pray to the Aiga Sa Taua'ana as well as their extended families to remain calm. Hand it over to our caretaker Government and the hands of our Police officers."

Tuilaepa also extended the same call to the rest of Samoa, calling for Samoa to leave politics to politicians. 

"Samoa is ruled by families as well," he said.

"This is the symbol of peace and unity of our nation. Samoa is ruled by chiefs. This is their utmost duty in every respective village; to keep the peace amongst the people.

"This is also the call to all our religious leaders to stand in solidarity to carry out your duties in delivering the message of peace."

The caretaker Prime Minister is expected to speak again later today.

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