17 May 2013

Samoa citizenship definition not changing - Aumua

1:52 pm on 17 May 2013

Samoa's Attorney General says a provision in a draft law change defining a Samoan citizen has been dropped.

The Attorney General's Office is currently working to update Samoa's 1974 Acts Interpretation Act.

Aumua Ming Leung Wai says in a statement the definition of a Samoan citizen is already in the law books, in section 3 of the Samoan Status Act of 1963, but he admits that that Act is also old and needs reviewing.

Our correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autgavaia says the Attorney General also aired his views to local media this week.

"The Attorney General was quoted on television that there is nothing for the Samoan people who are raising concerns overseas to be threatened or have any fear of that law because they still have that right as Samoans to the customary lands and the matai titles here. 20"

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