Samoa. In the March parliamentary elections, Prime
Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao's party, Human Rights
Protection Party, HRPP, lost some seats and remained at 23,
while the opposition Samoan National Development Party,
SNDP, gained 13 seats. According to
Countryaah, the number of independent members
nearly doubled to 13. When the newly elected parliament was
assembled, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi received support
from 28 of the 49 members and sworn in for his second term.
A government spokesman warned in November that the
harvesting of Samoa's forests is happening at a rate that
threatens to wipe out the country's timber reserves within
ten years. The government therefore plans, among other
things, stricter rules against felling.