PETITION PLANNED FOR ELECTED AG IN AMERICAN SAMOA

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 23) - A group monitoring
the activities of the government in American Samoa is planning a petition
shortly to win support to have the territorys’attorney general elected.

Common Cause of American Samoa says this would free the post
from political and personal pressures.

The Group recently held meetings with U.S. Congressman
Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin and Senate President Lutu Fuimaona and said in a
statement that both men have backed the idea.

The statement says Lutu has committed to introducing legislation
in July to call for the election, rather than have him appointed by the
governor.

There have been two previous unsuccessful efforts to pass
similar legislation.

Common Cause also wants debate on the jurisdiction of the
federal court in the Territory and the need for an Ombudsman empowered by both
the local and federal governments.

April 24, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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