Samoa to get its first female prime minister

The small Pacific island nation will, at last, put a full stop to the unprecedented political drama as Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is set to become its new prime minister.

The Supreme Court of Samoa has finally validated Fiame Naomi Mata’afa’s shock win in the April elections and called off a re-run, ending weeks of political stalemate.

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa unseated Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi – the world’s second-longest serving prime minister – who has been ruling the country since 1998.

The island nation of 200,000 ‘coming of age’ is how observers have described the shakeup.

Kerryn Baker, Pacific affairs expert at the Australian National University, says that Fiame’s appointment is “an important milestone for Samoa”.

“She was already very much a role model for women in Samoa, but now she’s broken through yet another glass ceiling.”

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