PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (RNZI, Feb. 12) - The American Samoa House of Representatives has suspended one of its members, Muavaefaatasi Ae junior, after alleging that he was disrespectful.

The representative for PagoPago will be banned form the legislature without pay for the current session of parliament.

All members of the House Rules Committee agreed that Muavaefaatasi should be taught a lesson for his outbursts.

One representative, Tagaloa Letuli, said Muavaefaatasi’s behavior has made the House appear as if it was a boxing ring.

But one of Muavaefaatasi’s associates, Sua Schuster, said he should not be punished because his bad temper was the result of serving in the Persian Gulf.

February 12, 2003

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