By Brandon Ulfsby in Apia
The Samoan Parliament confirmed today that Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II has been elected as the new Head of State.
His appointment was announced by Prime Minister Tuiaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at 9.30am local time.
Tuimalealiifano will serve a term of five years with outgoing Head of State, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, expected to leave his position on July 27.
Tuiatua came into his position in 2007 and served for two terms – 10 years.
Tuimalealiifano holds one of the four Tama-a-Aiga paramount chiefly titles in Samoa – the others being Tupua Tamasese, Malietoa and Mata’afa.
Brandon Ulfsby is an Auckland University of Technology student journalist in his final year of the communication studies degree and who is currently on a Pacific Cooperation Foundation internship in Samoa.