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Samoa - Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II (21 July 2017 - )

On 11 May 2007, following the death of Malietoa Tanumafili II, Samoa's head of state since independence in 1962, Tufuga Efi became one of the two acting heads of state alongside Tui A'ana Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II.

Tufuga Efi was elected Head of state on 16 June 2007. His was the only nomination put forth in Samoa's Fono (parliament) and thus the decision was unanimous. His election was welcomed by many Samoans both in Samoa and abroad. He was sworn into office on 20 June 2007.

He was re-elected in July 2012 by a majority vote of the Legislative Assembly. However, he was not re-appointed as of 20 July 2017 after a controversial move by the current administration which saw a legislative assembly vote of 23 to 15. This was after an initial vote that was taken, which saw the Tama-a-Aiga gain the majority of support from the ruling HRPP caucus. This was seen as but a mere formality and that Tupua would again be elected to office to serve as Head of State. However, owing to years of tension with the current Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Tupua was instead was succeeded by another Tama-a-Aiga, Tui A'ana Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Sualauvi II. This is done every 5 years as set forth by the Samoan Constitution.

Va'aletoa Sualauvi II was acting head of state together with Tufuga Efi between 11 May 2007 and 20 June 2007. After the 30 June 2017 vote in which Va'aletoa Sualauvi II was elected over Efi, he has been sole head of state since 21 July 2017.

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