4 Nov 2006

Samoa government appoints new attorney general

11:27 am on 4 November 2006

The Samoa government has appointed a new attorney general after the first appointment, which had been prematurely reported in the media, resulted in the post being re-advertised.

A top senior government official says a New Zealand Samoan based lawyer, Leuatea Peseta Iosefa, has been selected to take the top job and it was endorsed in a cabinet meeting this week.

The government official says the 46 year-old Christchurch based lawyer was selected from ten applicants that consist of eight local and two overseas lawyers.

Leuatea will take over the position currently held by Brenda Heather Latu who had resigned in September but was asked to remain in the job until a replacement had been found.