PM appoints Cabinet as parliament convenes


Following the 4th March general election Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has picked his Cabinet as the new parliament is sworn in today. There are thirteen ministers in the new Cabinet.

The Talamua news service website reports that the ministers will select their deputy ministers after the Cabinet meeting next Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) won 35 of the 50 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Samoa (Fono), an increase of six seats. The opposition Tautua Samoa Party dropped eleven seats to just two seats and Independents went up to 13 seats.

The full list of the new Cabinet as published on the Talamua news service website is as follows:

Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Public Service
and Attorney General
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment
and Natural Resources
Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell Minister of State Owned Enterprises, Labour, Samoa Land
Corporation and Tourism
Sili Epa Tuioti Minister of Finance and Central Bank, National Provident Fund
Loau Keneti Sio Minister of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
La’auli Leuatea Polataivao Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries, Scientific Research Organisation
Afamasaga Lepuiai Rico Tupa’I Minister of Communications and Information Technology,
Regulators Office
Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama Minister of Health
Papali’i Niko Lee Hang Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure
Sala Pinati Minister of Police & Prisons
Faimalōtoa Kika Stowers Minister of Women Affairs & Internal Affairs
Fa’aolesā Katopau Ainu’u Minister of Justice & Courts Administration
Tialavea Tionisio Leniu Hunt Minister of Revenue

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