On Monday, May 24, 2021, the island of Samoa made history by electing its first female Prime-Minister. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa clears the last roadblock to inauguration with the Supreme Court’s verification of last April’s election results. The Court overruled an appeal from incumbent Prime Minister Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II to invalidate the election results.
Fiame’s political career began in the mid-1980s. She broke ceilings when she rose to become Polynesia’s first female deputy prime minister in 1991. Currently, Fiame is scheduled to succeed Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, the second longest-serving prime minister in the world.