Samoa gets its first woman prime minister with Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is poised to become Samoa’s first woman prime minister after the Pacific island’s Supreme court validated her April election win on Monday. The Court overruled an attempt by the head of state Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II to void the election results.

Fiame has been politically active since the mid 1980s, serving as Polynesia’s first female deputy prime minister. She will succeed Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the second longest-serving prime minister in the world, who has been leading the country since 1998.

“She was already very much a role model for women in Samoa, but now she’s broken through yet another glass ceiling,” said Kerryn Baker, Pacific affairs expert at the Australian National University.

Full story at BBC News

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