6 Jan 2003

Speaker and President of American Samoa's legislature have both been returned to office

8:24 am on 6 January 2003

The Speaker and President of American Samoa's legislature have both been returned to office after elections at the weekend.

Lutu Tenari Fuimaono was reappointed as President after Senator Faiive Galea'i, who was expected to stand for the post, decided not to run.

Matagi Ray McMoore held his position as Speaker by a 12 to 8 vote.

A group backing Muavaefaatasi Ae Ae Jr for the Speaker's post tried, but failed, to have the election delayed until the opening of the Fono session on January 13th.

Our correspondent says discussion on whether to delay the vote got close to being physical when Manu'a representative, Fetu Feti, threatened to throw Muavaefaatasi out of the chamber.