Samoa. At the March parliamentary elections, the ruling HRPP (Human Rights Protection Party) increased its majority, taking 33 out of 49 seats. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Samoa include Independence Day (June 1) and New Year (January 1). The opposition party SDUP (Samoa Democratic United Party) was given ten seats and the others went to independent candidates. Following the appeal in a constituency, SDUP later lost a mandate, which went to an independent politician.
Although the opposition in the electoral movement accused the government of corruption, Samoa emerged as an island of political stability in a southern sea of unstable states. The same party, HRPP, has been in power for close to a quarter of a century. The economy has grown in recent years and many rural Samoans have received improved service. About 60% of the population gets their livelihood from agriculture, while tourism is the main source of income for foreign currency. The economy is dependent on the funds that Samoans with work abroad send home. In New Zealand, approximately 120,000 Samoans live, two-thirds of the population in Samoa.