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Vol 43 No 19

Published 27th September 2002

King and pawns

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

One of Africa's most traditional states may be in for the shock of a modern constitution. As pressure for change builds up both at home and abroad, a committee headed by Prince David Dlamini is due to publish the draft of a new constitution next month. Prince David, who is reputedly taking his job very seriously, is a former Ambassador to Denmark and a son of King Mswati III's father, King Sobhuza II, who died in 1982 after reigning for 62 years.

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