Va'aletoa Sualauvi II

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Va'aleto'a Sualauvi
His Highness Tui A'ana Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II cropped.jpg
O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa
Assumed office
21 July 2017
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Preceded byTufuga Efi
In office
11 May 2007 – 20 June 2007
Acting
Served alongside Tufuga Efi
Prime MinisterTuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi
Preceded byTanumafili II
Succeeded byTufuga Efi
Personal details
Born
Va'aleto'a Eti Sualauvi II

(1947-04-29) 29 April 1947 (age 71)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Masiofo Fa'amausili Leinafo
Alma materAustralian National University
Malua Theological College

Va'aleto'a Eti Sualauvi II (born 29 April 1947)[1] is a Samoan politician who is the current O le Ao o le Malo (head of state) of Samoa, in office since 2017. He was appointed to the Tama'aiga title of Tuimaleali'ifano in July 1977, one of four paramount titles in Samoa.[2][3] His other title is Tui A'ana.

Biography[edit]

Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Eti Sualauvi II is a member of the Tuimaleali'ifano dynasty.

He is the great-grandson of one of the Mau movement leaders, Tuimaleali'ifano Fa'aoloi'i Si'ua'ana, and grand-nephew of the sole Member of the Council of Deputies (1962-1974), Tuimaleali'ifano Suatipatipa II.[4] He worked as a policeman, lawyer and previously was a Samoan Police Chief Inspector and a secondary school teacher. He was a police officer in New Zealand for three years. He also served as a public-defender, public trustee, and barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of Samoa. He is an elder deacon and lay preacher for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in the village of Matautu Falelatai. He has preached sermons in Australia and New Zealand for the Christian Congregational Church of Samoa. He was a member of the Council of Deputies to the Head of State from 1993 to 2001 and since 2004.[5] He was sworn in as O le Ao o le Malo on 21 July 2017.[6]

Education[edit]

Tuimaleali'ifano has a bachelor's degree in Law from the Australian National University and a Diploma in Theological Studies from Malua Theological College.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tui A'ana Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II". Government of Samoa. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ^ "New head of state for Samoa". Radio NZ. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II, is Samoa's fourth Head of State". Samoa Observer. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ Genealogy
  5. ^ "Tui A'ana Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II, is Samoa's fourth Head of State". Samoa Observer. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  6. ^ Samoa Planet
Political offices
Preceded by
Tanumafili II
O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa
Acting

2007
Served alongside: Tufuga Efi
Succeeded by
Tufuga Efi
Preceded by
Tufuga Efi
O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa
2017–present
Incumbent