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Am. Samoa Government Director Seats Up For Grabs
Newly-elected gubernatorial team acts on campaign promise

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 3, 2012) – Our correspondent in American Samoa, Monica Miller, says it’s likely not everyone will be happy about the decision to advertise all directors’ positions in the American Samoa government.

The move, a promise made during the campaign of Governor-elect Lolo Matalasi Moliga and his deputy Lemanu Peleti Mauga, is unprecedented in an administration changeover.

Monica Miller says usually those who work on the campaign of the elected governor, have first choice of the top jobs.

"There were comments made by Lolo saying that we’re not [going to] be the same as everybody else, because if we went ahead and did that then we wouldn’t be any different from all of the governments and all of the practices that we have been criticizing in this campaign. I think it will be normal human nature to have some, especially those who were very active, put in a lot of resources in the campaign to perhaps not be very happy."

Monica Miller says a committee has been set up to vet the applications and make recommendations to the governor and lieutenant governor who will make the final decision.

All directors require confirmation by the Fono.

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