21 Mar 2011

Samoa's leader happy with Cabinet despite dumpings

8:06 pm on 21 March 2011

Samoa's Prime Minister says he believes he got the gender balance of his cabinet right, despite appointing only one female minister.

The 13 member cabinet was sworn in on Saturday, and includes Fiame Naomi Mata'afa as justice minister, but not the previous health minister, Gatoloaifa'na Amataga Alesana Gidlow.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says he he had many more MPs he could have made ministers, but appointed on the basis of expertise, and looked at gender and age balance, and geography.

"We have two female members and 34 male members. So, to have one out of two is 50 percent. That's more than enough."

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has added the Tourism Authority and the Samoa Land Corporation, to his portfolios which already include Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General's office, and the Public Service Commission.