American Samoa's House of Representatives is poised to make Savali Talavou Ale the next Speaker after running unopposed in this month's election.
Savali confirmed that the legislators have met three times and they have all lent their confidence and support for him as Speaker in the new legislature.
He said it was an honour which he didn't take lightly and was thankful for the confidence and respect extended to him by his colleagues.
Savali, who has been a faipule since 1981, ran unopposed in the House election for the Alataua District.
The election of Speaker will be held on 3 January when the representatives and senators are sworn in.