Do we want to be like Zimbabwe?

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Dear Editor

Re: Head of State or Governor General?

The title “Governor General” applies to a person appointed to represent the monarch in an independent realm. If applied in Samoa it would raise the question “who is the monarch”? 

History has clearly demonstrated that the role of monarch in Samoa has almost always been filled by a member of the Tama Aiga. The proposal would demote the Head of State to a role that is in theory responsible to the monarch. 

Since there will no longer be a monarch it must be presumed that the Governor General would be responsible to - who else but the parliament? 

That proposes a dramatic shift in the administration of the Independent State of Samoa and seems to echo the unfortunate situation currently being played out in Zimbabwe.

 

Colin Law

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