Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa

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Naomi Mataʻafa
Fiame Naomi Mataafa (portrait).jpg
Mataʻafa in 2013
7th Prime Minister of Samoa
Assumed office
24 May 2021
Disputed with Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi
since 24 May 2021
O le Ao o le MaloVa'aletoa Sualauvi II
DeputyTuala Iosefo Ponifasio
Preceded byTuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi (Disputed)
Leader of [[Faʻatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi]]
Assumed office
9 March 2021
DeputyLaauli Leuatea Polataivao
Preceded byLaauli Leuatea Polataivao
Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa
In office
19 March 2016 – 11 September 2020
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Preceded byFonotoe Pierre Lauofo
Succeeded byOffice Vacant
Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio (2021; Disputed)
Other offices held
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
In office
19 March 2016 – 11 September 2020
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Preceded byFaamoetauloa Ulaitino Faale Tumaalii
Succeeded byTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi (Acting)[1]
Deputy Leader of the Human Rights Protection Party
In office
6 March 2016 – 11 September 2020
LeaderTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Preceded byFonotoe Pierre Lauofo
Succeeded byFonotoe Pierre Lauofo
Minister of Justice
In office
21 March 2011 – 18 March 2016
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Preceded byUnasa Mesi Galo
Succeeded byFaaolesa Katopau Ainuu
Minister of Women, Community & Social Development
In office
24 April 2006 – 21 March 2011
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Succeeded by[[Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiʻataua]]
Minister of Education
In office
1991 – 24 April 2006
Prime MinisterTofilau Eti Alesana
Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Succeeded by
Member of the Samoa Parliament
for Lotofaga
Assumed office
22 February 1985
Preceded byAsiasiau Sausoo
Personal details
Born1957 (age 63–64)
Apia, Western Samoa Trust Territory
NationalitySamoan
Political party[[Faʻatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi|F.A.S.T.]] (2021–present)
Other political
affiliations
Human Rights Protection Party (until 2020)
Independent (2020–21)
Mother[[Laulu Fetauimalemau Mataʻafa]]
Father[[Fiame Mataʻafa Faumuina Mulinuʻu II]]
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington

Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa (born 1957)[2] is a Samoan politician and High Chiefess (matai). Mataʻafa is the first female Prime Minister of Samoa, after winning a majority in the 2021 general election.[3] She is the leader of the Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party. She was Samoa's first female Cabinet Minister, and from 2016 to 2020 was Samoa's first female Deputy Prime Minister.

On 24 May 2021, Mataʻafa had herself sworn in as Prime Minister of Samoa, while the incumbent, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, has continued to refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of the new administration.[4] This has caused her leadership to be disputed.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Cabinet of Samoa" – via cia.gov.
  2. "Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataʻafa". RNZ. 1 November 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  3. "Fiame Naomi Mataafa: Samoa set to appoint first female PM". AlJazerra. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  4. "Samoa incumbent leader rejects first female Prime Minister's swearing in as 'treason'". RNZ. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  5. "How Samoa's political crisis unfolded". Reuters. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.