O le Ao o le Malo

head of state of the Independent State of Samoa

The O le Ao o le Malo (Samoan: Head of the Government) is the Head of State of Samoa.[3] The government Press Secretariat describes Head of State as a "ceremonial president". The holder is given the formal style of Highness.

O le Ao o le Malo of the
Independent State of
Samoa
O le Ao o le Malo o Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa
Incumbent
Va'aletoa Sualauvi II

since 21 July 2017
StyleHis Highness
StatusHead of State
SeatApia
AppointerLegislative Assembly of Samoa
Term lengthFive years,
renewable once, consecutively[1]
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Samoa
PrecursorMonarch of Western Samoa Trust Territory
Inaugural holderMeaʻole and Tanumafili II
Formation1 January 1962
DeputyMembers of the Council of Deputies
Salary82,000 USD annually[2]

List of officeholders

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Symbols
  •   Denotes acting Head of State
  • † Died in office
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Election Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
1   Tupua Tamasese Meaʻole
(1905–1963)[a]
1 January 1962 5 April 1963 † 1 year, 94 days Independent Mulinu'u II
  Malietoa Tanumafili II
(1913–2007)[b]
1 January 1962 11 May 2007 † 45 years, 130 days Independent Mulinu'u II
Lealofi IV
Tufuga Efi
Va'ai Kolone
Tofilau Eti Alesana
Tuilaepa A. S. Malielegaoi
  Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
(born 1938)
Member of the Council of Deputies
11 May 2007 20 June 2007 40 days Independent Tuilaepa A. S. Malielegaoi
  Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II
(born 1947)
Member of the Council of Deputies
11 May 2007 20 June 2007 40 days Independent
2   Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi
(born 1938)[c]
2007
2012
20 June 2007 21 July 2017 10 years, 31 days Independent Tuilaepa A. S. Malielegaoi
3   Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II
(born 1947)
2017 21 July 2017[4] Incumbent 6 years, 349 days Independent Tuilaepa A. S. Malielegaoi
Fiamē Naomi Mataʻafa
  1. Elected for Life. Served jointly with Tanumafili II.
  2. Elected for Life. Served jointly with Meaʻole to 5 April 1963.
  3. Son of Meaʻole.

References

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  1. Sobserver
  2. Hill, Bruce (28 September 2016). "Samoan leaders salaries published by newspaper". ABC Radio Australia.
  3. "Constitution of the Independent State of Western Samoa 1960". University of the South Pacific. Archived from the original on 8 July 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.
  4. Samoa Planet[permanent dead link]