Samoa. Ahead of the March parliamentary elections, there was a fierce debate about the electoral law’s requirement that every candidate must be a so-called matai, head of family and family, who has done hometown services for three years. The candidates sued each other in court with accusations that they did not fulfill the conditions. According to countryaah, the current population of Samoa is 198,425. Prime Minister Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi was one of those who failed his opponent in court and could stand without competition in his constituency.
According to thereligionfaqs, the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) already had its own majority in parliament, phono, but increased it to 35 seats out of 50. The opposition party Tautua Samoa was almost obliterated and received only two seats. 13 seats went to independent candidates.
A new feature of the electoral law was that five mandates were reserved for women, but only four were elected and the fifth member was quoted. One of the four women elected to HRPP, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, was named Deputy Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Energy and Natural Resources.
In October, researchers warned that Samoa’s national bird pigeon was about to be eradicated. The bird had been threatened for several years and now the researchers thought there were only a few dozen left. Tooth pigeon is depicted on Samoa banknotes and coins.