American Samoa Gov Keen To Review Political Status

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Seeking funds for exploratory office

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, November 14, 2015) – Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the American Samoa Government is submitting a proposal to the US Department of Interior to fund an office that will begin the work of reviewing American Samoa's political status.

Our correspondent says this was decided at a meeting that the Governor held with Fono leaders and Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen this week.

Governor Lolo told KHJ News that the proposed office will have one or two staff members and from the review of the political status he hopes to convene a constitutional convention.

Lolo says he would like to handover a government and territory that can make its own decisions.

The Governor has been increasingly frustrated with US federal policies that have negatively impacted the Territory, such as the minimum wage, fishing treaties and conservation regulations.

The last constitutional review was held in 2010 and changes that were approved were put to voters in a single question that was defeated in the general elections that year.

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