AMERICAN SAMOA BILL TO ELECT ATTORNEY GENERALS INTRODUCED

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 7, 1998 - PACNEWS/Amy)--- American Samoa's attorney general will be an elected official and not a governor's appointee if a bill pending in the House of Representatives is approved.

Representative Muavaefaatasi Ae Ae Jr. said he introduced the bill because of his constituents' concerns that the present system may not always give the attorney general the independence needed to prosecute freely and without influence from the governor's administration.

Muavaefaatasi believes the election process will require the attorney general to be accountable to the people, not his boss.

If the legislation is approved, the election of an attorney general will be held during the general elections for governor and lieutenant governor.

The attorney general elected would begin and end his four-year-term with the in-coming administration.

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