Change of Guard in Samoa
It began with the changing of the guard in terms of the Head of State when His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II took his oath as the new Head of State. By his side was the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo.
They take over from former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and his Masiofo, Her Highness Filifilia Tamasese.
The inauguration was witnessed by hundreds of people, including the outgoing Head of State, Members of the Council of Deputies, government leaders, Members of Parliament and families.
The formalities started with a prayer by Chairman of the C.C.C.S. Reverend Elder Tunumoso Iosia. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.
During his first official speech, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano, noted that he is nothing but a humble servant of God. He thanked everyone who attended the service.
“I thank the Government of Samoa, through the Honorable Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi the Speaker and Members of Parliament for appointing me to this prestigious position,” he said.
“I am but a humble servant but your prayers and support and the leading of the Holy Spirit will give me the strength to fulfill the duties of the Head of State.
“Lau Afioga, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo Filifilia I acknowledge and applaud your great service of 10 years, wherein you were Head of State.
“It will not be easy for me to continue where you have left and I will need your support.”
The Head of State also called on everyone to work together.Read more at Samoa Observer