Prime Minister rejects Sunday law

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Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has rejected a call by the Council of Church’s to ban all business operations on Sunday.

The call followed claims by various Sunday keeping church’s that Sunday business was the reason why people weren’t attending services.

If such law was imposed, the government would also do the same for Seventh-day Adventist’s who worship on Saturdays

In his weekly radio programme, the Prime Minister said everyone’s rights to observe or not to observe Sunday is guaranteed under the constitution.

Prime Minister Tuila’epa said, “It is not for the government to impose a ban through legislation. Once such a ban is imposed it means no businesses or even work could be done on Sunday.”

He also said if such law was imposed, the government would also do the same for Seventh-day Adventist’s who worship on Saturdays.

“We’re very blessed to have a close relationship with our Prime Minister who supports the constitution of the country and religious freedom,” said pastor Uili Solofa, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church in Samoa. “It means we can continue to worship freely on Sabbath.”