Samoa's PM reveals he was target of assassination plot in new book

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Samoa's prime minister has revealed he was the intended victim of an assassination plot 18 years ago, but one of his cabinet ministers died instead.

The plot 18 years ago killed one of Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's cabinet ministers.
Source: 1 NEWS

The startling revelation comes following the launch of Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's book Palemia in New Zealand this week.

The 1999 assassination of Samoan Cabinet Minister Luagalau Levaula Kamu shocked the nation.

Two men, also cabinet ministers at the time, were given life sentences for plotting the murder, the son of one of them for pulling the trigger.

New to the job, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi had reshuffled his cabinet, infuriating the pair who went on to plan the assassination.

"It was the tough questions that were raised. Why? Why? Why? The implication I was unsuitable to lead, I should have seen these things coming," Mr Malielegaoi told 1 NEWS.

Mr Malielegaoi admits writing his memoirs while still prime minister might open old wounds.

"You write these things after you retire for the simple reason when you write many people have been dead or have lost their memories," he said.

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