4 Apr 2018

Samoa PM announces public holiday for state funeral

12:50 pm on 4 April 2018

The Samoa government has declared a public holiday on Friday 13 April to mark the state funeral for former member of parliament, Tuiloma Pule Lameko.

Tuiloma, a deputy head of state and one of the longest serving politicians and public servants in Samoa, died on Monday.

He became a Member of Parliament back in 1979 but stepped down two years ago after Parliament appointed him and one other senior politician, Le Mamea Ropati, as members of the Council of Deputies.

Samoa's newly elected members of the council of deputies, or deputy head of state, Tuiloma Lameko (L) and Le Mamea Ropati.

Tuiloma Lameko (L) with Le Mamea Ropati on their election to Samoa's Council of Deputies in January 2016. Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia