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Samoan Supreme Court ruling paves the way for Fiame Naomi Mata’afa to become country’s first female leader

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The Pacific nation of Samoa is on the verge of swearing in a new prime minister for the first time in more than two decades, and its first ever female head of government.

The country has been in a five-week political deadlock since the April 9 election, when the opposition Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST party) and the incumbent Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) won 25 seats each.

HRPP has dominated Samoa’s politics for nearly 40 years, and its leader, 75-year-old Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has held office for more than 22 years — making him one of the world’s longest-serving leaders.

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But FAST, which was formed only last year in protest of the government rushing several bills into law, said it now…

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