After months of constitutional stalemate, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has prevailed. But her predecessor remains in parliament, and his power base will present a major challenge for her leadership.
Samoa’s Supreme Court has had a bet each way to resolve the country’s election stalemate, but the odds are still on a new prime minister within the week.
Samoa’s constitutional crisis has caught the world’s attention, but diplomatic rhetoric may not be enough to support the country’s democratically elected government.
Despite indications the Samoan government was out of favour, few predicted it could lose power.