Cabinet of Samoa

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The Cabinet is the executive branch of the government of the Independent State of Samoa.

Per article 31(1) of the Constitution, executive power is vested in the Head of State. Per article 26(1), however, "the Head of State in the performance of his functions shall act on the advice of Cabinet, the Prime Minister or the appropriate Minister, as the case may be". Article 32(1) provides that the Cabinet "shall have the general direction and control of the executive government" of Samoa.

The Cabinet is composed, per article 32(2), of the Prime Minister and "not fewer than eight nor more than twelve other Members of Parliament", appointed by the Head of State on the advice of the Prime Minister.[1]

Current Cabinet[edit]

As of March 2011. This Cabinet results from the March 2011 general election, which saw the Human Rights Protection Party retain an absolute majority of seats in Parliament. Its term corresponds to that of the Fifteenth Parliament.[2] The minister's matai title precedes his or her name.[3]

In April 2014, Finance Minister Faumuina Tiatia Liuga resigned, after some twenty years in Cabinet, following "allegations of abuse in the performance of his ministerial duties". Prime Minister Malielegaoi took over the Finance portfolio himself.[4] [5]

Portfolio Minister Constituency Party
Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi Lepa HRPP
  • Deputy Prime Minister
  • Industry and Labour
Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo Anoama'a West HRPP
  • Women
  • Community and Social Development
Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua A'ana Alofi No. 2 HRPP
  • Police and Prisons
Sala Fata Lisati Pinati Gagaemauga No. 1 HRPP
  • Public Works, Transport
    and Infrastructure
Faʻamoetauloa Ulaitino Faʻale Tumaʻaliʻi Gagaemauga No. 3 HRPP
  • Revenue
Tuiloma Lameko Falealili HRPP
  • Health
Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama A'ana Alofi No. 1 HRPP
  • Communication, Information
    and Technology
Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau Vaimauga East HRPP
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Culture
Magele Mauiliu Magele Fa'asalele'aga No. 1 HRPP
  • Justice
  • Courts administration
Fiame Naomi Mataafa Lotofaga HRPP
  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
Le Mamea Ropati Lefaga & Falese'ela HRPP
  • Finance
Faumuina Tiatia Liuga Palauli-Le-Falefa HRPP

References[edit]

  1. ^ Constitution of Samoa
  2. ^ "Samoa: Composition du gouvernement", French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. ^ "MPS - 2011 to 2016", Office Of The Electoral Commissioner
  4. ^ "Samoa's PM new head of Finance Ministry", Radio New Zealand International, 26 April 2014
  5. ^ "Samoa Finance Minister resignation expected to mend party rift", Radio New Zealand International, 22 April 2014