/ 19 May 2021

Female trailblazer to take the reins in Samoa

Samoa is set to get its first female prime minister after the country’s top court validated Fiame Naomi Mata’afa’s election following a month of political stalemate. Last month, the incumbent Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) and the newly established opposition Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST party) won 25 seats each. Then things got complicated… Long story short, FAST now has majority support, ending 22 years at the top for PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and 4 decades of HRPP leadership. If all goes to plan, Mata’afa – who comes from royal lineage and is the daughter of the country’s first prime minister – will be sworn in, but not without a fight… The HRPP is preparing to appeal.

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