2 Feb 2005

American Samoa senate opposes government appointees rejected by fono

4:20 pm on 2 February 2005

The American Samoa Senate is pressuring Governor Togiola Tulafono to remove directors who have been rejected by the Legislature.

A resolution introduced by the Senate President, Lolo Letalu Moliga, has asked the governor to remove any cabinet member who has been disapproved by the Fono.

It says the law provides that the authority of any director ceases once they are rejected.

The law also provides that the governor may resubmit the rejected nominee for confirmation at the next Fono legislative session.

The three directors who have been rejected by the Senate are the Human Resources Director, Puni Penei Sewell, the Director of the Territorial Administration on Aging Office, Tuiteleleapaga Peseta Fue and the Treasurer Francis Leasiolagi.

All are still working.