AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR TAUESE DENIES APPROVING CASINO PLAN

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (January 4, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The governor of American Samoa, Tauese Sunia, has denied giving assurances that he will approve a casino gambling bill as soon as it's passed by the Fono (legislature).

Last week, the Fa‘aola Group from California, which submitted a bid for the casino, said the governor had given the assurance during a closed door meeting with nine company representatives.

Governor Sunia has conceded he did tell the group that once the legislation was in place, there was a strong possibility he would sign it.

But at a public meeting in December, Governor Tauese announced he would not sign the bill, because most American Samoans are opposed to the plan.

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