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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 22) – The chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa has been forced to step down as the head of the territory’s largest church.

The Rev. Elder Anetere’a Misioka’s resignation was demanded by a committee of church elders involving women.

Some church officials say the accusations are false and were generated by another reverend whom the chairman had disciplined for improper dealings.

Reverend Elder Misioka was stripped of the chairmanship, his position as a reverend elder and his pastor role.

He was also ordered to leave Fagasa by Sunday.

The reverend has indicated that he will challenge the elder’s decision.

The Vice Chairman of the CCCAS, Governor Togiola Tulafono, is now the church chairman.

November 23,2004

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