5 Nov 2004

Womens' representation unchanged in American Samoa

11:17 am on 5 November 2004

Men have once again regained their majority following this week's general election in American Samoa despite hopes of more involvement by women in politics.

Of the seven women that ran for office in the territorial House of Representatives, only the incumbent Mary Lauagaia Taufete'e was re-elected for a third consecutive term.

Among the most noticeable unsuccessful female candidates for the House is former First Lady, Mrs Susana Lutali, the wife of the late former governor AP Lutali and cabinet member Mrs Fiasili Haleck.

Other female candidates were businesswomen, a farmer and a housewife.

In the congressional race, the female challenger Aumua Amata Coleman was defeated by incumbent Faleomavaega Eni.