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Vol 37 No 3

Published 2nd February 1996

Trumping the King

A feudal regime is finding it hard to survive to the big new democracy next door

Swaziland is now the only country in Southern Africa in which political parties are now banned. The People's United Democratic Party, the main opposition movement, is therefore illegal. Its leader, Kislon Shongwe, said on 1 January: 'We shall see to it that something is done this year to make Swaziland ungovernable if the government fails to lift the ban on political parties.' Three weeks later the party's big ally, the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions, began to carry out the threat.

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