25 Jul 2012

Samoa re-elected head of state takes oath of office

12:13 pm on 25 July 2012

Samoa's re-elected head of state for the second five year term, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has been sworn in at a ceremony at parliament house.

He was sworn in by the chief justice, Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu, before members of parliament and hundreds of invited guests, families, friends and well-wishers.

In his address, Tui Atua thanked the prime minister and the ruling HRPP party as well as the opposition for the unanimous nomination of himself in a motion put forward in parliament last week.

Tui Atua says he had never talked about the position of head of state or re-election with the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sailele Malielegaoi, during the past five years of his first term in office.