Prime Minister of Samoa

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Prime Minister of the
Independent State of
Samoa
Palemia o le Malo Tuto‘atasi o Sāmoa
Coat of Arms Samoa.svg
Flag of Samoa.svg
Fiame Naomi Mataafa (portrait).jpg
Incumbent
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

since 24 May 2021
StyleThe Honourable
StatusHead of Government
AbbreviationPM
Member ofLegislative Assembly of Samoa, Cabinet of Samoa
SeatApia
AppointerO le Ao o le Malo
(Head of State)
Term lengthFive years,
renewable indefinitely
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Samoa
PrecursorLeader of Government Business
Inaugural holderFiamē Matā'afa Fiame Mulinu'u II
Formation22 May 1875
(Prior to colonisation)
1 October 1959
(Shortly before independence)
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister of Samoa
Salary78,000 USD annually[1]
Website[1]

The prime minister of the Independent State of Samoa (Samoan: Palemia o le Malo Tuto’atasi o Sāmoa) is the head of government of Samoa. The prime minister is a member of the Samoan Legislative Assembly. They are appointed by the O le Ao o le Malo (Head of State) for a five year term.[2]

The incumbent is Fiame Naomi Mata’afa since 24 May 2021.

List of prime ministers (since 1959)[change | change source]

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected (Parliament) Term of office Political party O le Ao o le Malo
(Head(s) of state)
Took office Left office Time in office
1 Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II (cropped).jpg Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II
(1921–1975)
1961 (1st)
1964 (2nd)
1967 (3rd)
1 October 1959 25 February 1970 10 years, 147 days Independent Meaʻole
Tanumafili II
2 Tupua Tamasese Lealofi IV.jpg Tupua Tamasese Lealofi IV
(1922–1983)
1970 (4th) 25 February 1970 20 March 1973 3 years, 23 days Independent Tanumafili II
(1) Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II (cropped).jpg Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II
(1921–1975)
1973 (5th) 20 March 1973 20 May 1975 † 2 years, 61 days Independent Tanumafili II
Tupua Tamasese Lealofi IV.jpg Tupua Tamasese Lealofi IV
(1922–1983)
Acting
— (5th) 21 May 1975 24 March 1976 308 days Independent Tanumafili II
3 Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (cropped).jpg Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
(born 1938)
1976 (6th)
1979 (7th)
1982 (8th)
24 March 1976 13 April 1982 6 years, 20 days Independent Tanumafili II
4 Coat of arms of Samoa.svg Vaʻai Kolone
(1911–2001)
— (8th) 13 April 1982 18 September 1982 158 days HRPP Tanumafili II
(3) Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi (cropped).jpg Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
(born 1938)
— (8th) 18 September 1982 31 December 1982 104 days Independent Tanumafili II
5 Coat of arms of Samoa.svg Tofilau Eti Alesana
(1924–1999)
— (8th)
1985 (9th)
31 December 1982 30 December 1985 2 years, 364 days HRPP Tanumafili II
(4) Coat of arms of Samoa.svg Vaʻai Kolone
(1911–2001)
— (9th)
1988 (10th)
30 December 1985 8 April 1988 2 years, 100 days HRPP Tanumafili II
(5) Coat of arms of Samoa.svg Tofilau Eti Alesana
(1924–1999)
— (10th)
1991 (11th)
1996 (12th)
8 April 1988 23 November 1998 10 years, 229 days HRPP Tanumafili II
6 Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi 2018.jpg Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
(born 1945)
— (12th)
2001 (13th)
2006 (14th)
2011 (15th)
2016 (16th)
23 November 1998 24 May 2021 22 years, 182 days HRPP Tanumafili II
Tufuga Efi
Va'aletoa Sualauvi II
7 Fiame Naomi Mataafa (portrait).jpg Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
(born 1957)
2021 (17th) 24 May 2021 Incumbent 364 days FAST Va'aletoa Sualauvi II

References[change | change source]

  1. Hill, Bruce (28 September 2016). "Samoan leaders salaries published by newspaper". ABC Radio Australia.
  2. "Samoa's ruling party faces new threat-after nearly 40 years in power". The Guardian. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2021.