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Samoa

Samoa has a democratic political system with regular elections, though the same political party had been in government for decades as of 2020, and only traditional heads of families are eligible to run as candidates. The judiciary is independent, and civil liberties are generally respected.

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Freedom in the World — Samoa Country Report

Samoa is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2022, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.