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,|
|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|