21 Nov 2008

Re-elected American Samoan Governor says trust and confidence not in vain

11:11 am on 21 November 2008

The newly re-elected governor of American Samoa says the trust and confidence voters have placed in him and his running mate will not be in vain.

The governor, Togiola Tulafono and Lieutenant Governor, Faoa Ipulasi Sunia won about 1,000 more votes than the challengers, Utu Abe Malae and Nua Mailo Saoluaga in Wednesday run-off election.

The governor, who begins his second term in office in January, told a crowd of more than 300 supporters at campaign headquarters in Fagaalu last night that they had voted to continue a good, honest and loving government that treats everyone equally.

He also appealed for harmony in families and urged supporters not to utter statements or display behavior that would result in disturbances or friction.

This will be the governor's final term in office, as under local law he is barred from serving a third consecutive term.