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American Samoa re-elects Republican congresswoman

News 8 Nov 2018

American Samoa's congresswoman Aumua Amata has been re-elected by a landslide majority, winning 83 percent of the vote. This will be the Republican's third term as a non voting delegate to the US House of Representatives.

Aumua said with congress swinging to the Democrats she was hoping for better cooperation between the two parties in Washington.

"There are going to be some changes in the nation's capital, there's going to be some new faces and people that I look forward to meeting," Aumua said.

"But the thing is that we want to have a very peaceful working relationship... pretty much the way we are here in American Samoa with the sense of unity."

In the election for American Samoa's House of Representatives or Fono, 13 members were re-elected while eight new representatives will be installed.

Of the 55 candidates who ran for election yesterday, only seven were women.

The only female candidate to win a race was Andra Samoa from Fofo district.

House members Vui Florence Saulo and Fialupe Fiaui Lutu were defeated.

Ms Samoa, a former Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority, had run twice before.

"I feel so proud of my village to recognize that it is time for change, enabling a woman to be a voice, to represent its needs in the legislative branch so there is a connection between legislation and village interest," she said.

Voters in American Samoa also cast ballots in a referendum yesterday.

They again rejected a veto over-ride proposal, which sought to amend the local constitution by giving the legislature the authority to override the governor's veto instead of the US Secretary of Interior as it stands now.

Of the 8562 ballots counted, 2605 supported changing the veto override, while 5,957 rejected it.

Source: RNZ Pacific