admiration and respect of his fellow citizens who voted his party back into power. change only when they see the need. It was for this reason that Tuilaepa said in a press interview for the United States to "mind its own business" and look to its own backyard first. Still, the monolithic power now held by the Human Rights Protection Party is terrifying to some critics. sdup Deputy Leader Asiata Va`ai, for instance, labeled as disgusting the appointment of twenty associate ministers, an increase of seven from the previous Tuilaepa administration. In Asiata's view, this action by the government will result in the negation of checks and balances required of a healthy democratic system. For in effect, the appointment of twelve cabinet ministers and twenty associate ministers and the election of an hrpp Speaker and deputy speaker signify that every hrpp member of Parliament is also a member of the executive. Thus, these ministers and associate ministers will make executive decisions and defend these at the same time in Parliament. Now that the Samoa Development United Party is again an official parliamentary party, it will become the lone voice of opposition, a task it has done admirably before.
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 17, 2007