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Samoa

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Legislative Assembly

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Fono (Legislative Assembly)
Chamber name
Fono (Legislative Assembly)
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2000-01
IPU Geopolitical Group/s IPU Geopolitical Groups: African Group, Arab Group, Asia-Pacific Group, Eurasia Group, Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), Twelve Plus Group.
Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker

Official title The Speaker may for example be known as the Presiding Officer, President, Chairman/Chairperson, etc.
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Speaker
Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi (Male)
Term
16.03.2016
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Secretary General

Official title This post is most commonly called Secretary General or Clerk. It may also be called Secretary, Head/Chief of the Secretariat, Director General, etc.
Clerk
Secretary general
Charlene Malele (Female)

Members

Statutory number of members Statutory number of members, as defined in the constitution or other fundamental law.
Principal mode of designation of members
Directly elected members Directly elected by citizens.
49
Other members For example, ex-officio members of parliament, such as Cabinet members, members of the royal family, Attorney General, Speaker if appointed from outside parliament.
1
Note on the statutory number of members
- 47 seats are reserved for ethnic Samoans;
 - Two seats are open to members of other communities.
 - Other: Additional member (woman) who became a member of the Legislative Assembly by virtue of the Constitution Amendment Act 2013. The 2013 Act requires that women members of the Legislative Assembly shall consist of a minimum of 10% of the Legislative Assembly (presently, five).
Current number of members Number of members who currently hold seats in parliament. May be lower or higher than the statutory number of members.
50
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Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
5
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Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
10% See historical data for this field.
Statutory number of members per country As defined in the constitution or other fundamental laws. Combines the number of parliamentarians in both chambers in bicameral parliaments.
Population (in thousands) Source: United Nations, World Population Prospects.
194
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Inhabitants per parliamentarian Calculated by dividing the population by the statutory number of parliamentarians.
3,880 See historical data for this field.

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups Reserved seats are a means to ensure the parliamentary representation of certain groups in society.
Number of reserved seats, by group
Women
5
Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Women shall constitute a minimum of 10% of the Members of the Legislative Assembly. This provision will apply to the parliament to be elected in 2016. (Source: https://www.idea.int/data-tools/data/gender-quotas )
Electoral quota for youth Quotas to promote the representation of youth in parliament.