3 Dec 2002

American Samoan governor quashes speculation about role in Samoan politics

8:46 am on 3 December 2002

The governor of American Samoa, Tauese Sunia, has dismissed rumours that he will try to become a parliamentarian in neighbouring Samoa once his term ends.

The rumours follow his acceptance of a high ranking chiefly title in Samoa, saying by assuming the title Tuailemafua on Savai'i he fulfilled the wishes of his late uncle, the Samoan prime minister, Tofilau Eti Alesana.

By law, Tauese can serve only two consecutive terms as governor.

But he says it's no more than speculation that he will want to become an MP in Samoa.