Samoa is experiencing a bloodless coup. The Pacific's most stable democracy is in trouble | Fiona Ey

Published May 14 2021 at 12:20 AM GMT
  • The government's actions after last month's elections call democracy into question and set a dangerous precedent for developing nationsSamoa has long been touted as a beacon of democracy and political stability in the Pacific, a region troubled by military coups and civil strife.
  • The prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, is the world's second longest serving prime minister, having held the office for more than 22 years.
  • But the latest election in the country, held last month, saw the most serious challenge to Malielegaoi's ruling Human Rights Protection party (HRPP), and has left the country without a clear result.
  • In the weeks since, the government has used every method available to it " and some that arguably are not " to hold on to power.
  • What the government is doing is effectively a bloodless coup.



  • Published May 14, 2021 12:20 AM GMT