Population: 1.27 mn.
GDP: $3.84 bn.
Debt: $0.46 bn.

Absolute monarch King Mswati III is set to step up political repression as his subjects face a weakening economy and worsening poverty. Activists will have plenty to campaign about including the trials of leading oppositionists Mario Masuku and Maxwell Dlamini, which will come under close scrutiny, regionally and internationally.

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  • Vol 54 No 20
  •  4th October 2013

'Failed feudal state'

The widely discredited 20 September election saw pro-royal politicians take nearly all 55 parliamentary seats. Traditional chiefs loyal to King Mswati III had vetted all the candidates. Media coverage of the poll was, though, overtaken by the King’s...

  • Vol 54 No 18
  •  6th September 2013

New name, same game

Inspired by a vision from God, King Mswati III has declared his country a ‘monarchical democracy’. This will make it clear to the international community that Swaziland is a democracy, said the absolute monarch’s spokesman.

  • Vol 53 No 12
  •  8th June 2012

Mswati’s private party

The tiny kingdom is in a deep economic crisis but the ruling monarch is determined to party on regardless

  • Vol 52 No 25
  •  16th December 2011

Economy faces royal crisis

Social unrest has been strong but not revolutionary. Could the cash shortage achieve what campaigners could not?

  • Vol 52 No 8
  •  15th April 2011

Uprising put down

The 12 April ‘uprising’ was heavily advertised so it was no surprise that the security forces outnumbered any who dared to go out on to the streets to protest. Riot police used water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds gathered in centr...

  • Vol 52 No 5
  •  4th March 2011

The King's budget

Swaziland is suffering a severe economic crisis and the monarchy looks ill-equipped to survive it

  • Vol 46 No 9
  •  29th April 2005

Democracy's a luxury

The economy is failing and running out of food as King Mswati buys a $500,000 limousine

  • Vol 43 No 19
  •  27th September 2002

King and pawns

Absolute monarchy may be benign but donors and neighbours don't like it

  • Vol 41 No 24
  •  8th December 2000

High price of kingship

Politics get complicated when an absolute monarch changes his mind

  • Vol 40 No 4
  •  19th February 1999

King's move

The political relaunch of a former Prime Minister, Obed Dlamini, could revive the antimonarchist opposition. This has been marking time since the 70,000-strong Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions failed to get support for a general strike in 1997 or for ...

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