29 May 2012

American Samoa governor wants status debate

12:15 pm on 29 May 2012

The American Samoa governor, Togiola Tulafono, is proposing that when the legislature convenes in July, it conduct hearings on the territory's political status.

The governor says it is important lawmakers, traditional leaders and individuals express an opinion on the territory's form of government.

During the Flag Day celebration in April, Governor Togiola Tulafono called for a review of the territory's status as an unorganised and unincorporated territory of the United States.

According to the governor, some of the misinformation circulating about any change in status for American Samoa is that social security recipients will no longer get monthly cheques and will be cut off from Medicare.

Togiola says this is not true and asked those spreading misinformation to stop.