Second vote called in latest twist in Samoa’s most dramatic election in history

Opposition leader has denounced the decision but the prime minister has applauded it saying the next election was ‘up to the Lord’

Samoa will be heading back to the polls after the most dramatic election in the country’s history left the country deadlocked, with threats of legal action and fears of “diversion” and “trickery”.

The South Pacific nation will vote again on 21 May after the Samoan head of state – a separate position to the country’s prime minister – Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II announced on Tuesday he had revoked the results of the general election held on 9 April.

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