When Herbert of Sweden met Sina of Samoa on a hike in the mountains of Nepal seven years ago– he never imagined that he would find himself in Samoa making another life changing trek.
Andy Harris believed he could do it and so he did. The man from the United Kingdom took five days to run around Upolu and having conquered the challenge, he’s happy to have ticked the box.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has scoffed at claims that he alone made the decision to change the Head of State. He has also dismissed calls for the appointment to be put to a public vote, saying Members of Parliament were chosen by voters and it is their prerogative to make decisions that benefit the country.
The new Head of State, His Highness Tuia’ana Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II delivered his maiden speech in Parliament yesterday after he took his oath. This is what he said in Samoan:
A new chapter in the history of Samoa started yesterday at Tuana’imato. 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.
The new Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II the second has taken his oath. He was sworn in this afternoon at Parliament’s makeshift complex at Tuanaimato. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of people who immediately headed to Gym 3 for traditional formalities and a feast that followed.
Think a minute…Edwin Thomas was one of the greatest actors in the 1800’s. He became world-famous for his acting performances in Shakespeare’s plays. Edwin’s two brothers, John and Junius, were also actors, but they were not as talented as Edwin.
Did the Minister of Agriculture just realize that it is “essential” for both to work together?
7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?
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