UN Samoa congratulates Fiame

The United Nations in Samoa has congratulated Samoa’s first female Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa, while also acknowledging the leadership of her predecessor, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

In a statement issued by the United Nations in Samoa on Tuesday, the UN Office congratulated the country’s new Prime Minister.

“The United Nations in Samoa congratulates Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa for becoming the first woman Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa and wishes the new Cabinet a successful mission in serving the people of Samoa,” the statement reads.

“The United Nations expresses its appreciation to Hon. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and his team for their commitment to the UN values and the contribution to Samoa’s success story and our longstanding partnership.”

For the past week, countries and organisations around the world have congratulated Fiame on becoming Samoa’s first female Prime Minister.

The UN Women had offered its congratulations to Fiame, saying her assent shows progress towards gender equality in the pacific.

In a separate statement issued by the UN Women, four days after Fiame’s position as Prime Minister was validated by the Court of Appeal, the UN agency said women’s political is a fundamental prerequisite for democracy.

Fiame becoming the first female Prime Minister of Samoa was called an inspiration to all female politicians, according to the Fiji Women’s Forum who had also recently congratulated Samoa’s Prime Minister.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern congratulated Fiame on Friday night on winning the April election.

Prime Minister Ardern dubbed Fiame’s victory as “a historic moment for Samoa”.

The congratulations follows a Court of Appeal ruling that found Fiame’s Fa’atuatua i le Atua ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party had been the official Government of Samoa for almost two months, after an ad-hoc swearing-in ceremony they held and was found to have the force of law.

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