Samoa's next head of state will be elected by the Parliament in June, said a government official Wednesday.
The chief executive officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Auseuga'efa Va'asatia said both members of the council of deputies are now the acting head of state until a successor is selected.
The late Head of state Tanumafili, 94, died on May 11.
Radio New Zealand International reported the former prime minister, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was the preferred candidate to take over as head of state.
However, it is expected that MPs would be given time to nominate the best candidate to become the country's next leader for at least five years.