10 Nov 2014

Faleomavaega fears for American Samoa's future

5:00 pm on 10 November 2014

As he ends his tenure as American Samoa's delegate to the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says the one issue that poses grave concern is the territory's political status.

The 70 year-old, who has been American Samoa's congressman for nearly 30 years, was beaten by challenger Aumua Amata in last week's election.

Faleomavaega says there doesn't appear to be a clear path for the territory's future economically and politically.

He is also worried that some foreigners are taking over the business landscape.

"I've got nothing against expatriates from other countries coming here, finding economic opportunties. But where does this put us? I hate to say this, I am very serious and concerned that we not making any sense of projections as to where are we headed."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he agrees with Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Saiele, who said American Samoa was a disorganised territory.

Faleomavaega also says he has no intention of retiring from politics.