According to COUNTRYAAH, Samoa has a population of 196,130 (2018). Samoa’s head of state Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Efi (Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi) was banned during the year from the village where his chief title is anchored. Thus his position as head of state was threatened.
The banning decision was made by the Lufilufi City Council and was caused by a building erected on a common at the head of state’s residence without the village being informed.
According to the Prime Minister’s family, there were court decisions on building permits on the land in question, but according to Lufilufi’s clan leader, Mataias, the Head of State had not followed the cultural custom that requires consultation.
Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Efi declared that he would step down as head of state if the conflict could not be resolved by consensus. Although he is elected Samoa’s head of state by the country’s parliament, the office gets its meaning that the proprietor is a good mate for his family and village.
Issues regarding land use that are owned by the traditional right of large families and families are extremely sensitive in Samoa and create ongoing litigation.
The title of Tui Atua means that Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Tupuola Efi is king or ruler of the Atua district, which forms a large part of Samoa’s main island of Upolu. He was elected Samoa’s head of state in 2007.