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Swaziland is a 'monarchial democracy', says king

Published on Sep 3, 2013 6:01 AM
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King Mswati III of Swaziland smiles during his visit to Taylor's University in Subang Jaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on July 3, 2013. Africa's last absolute monarch has declared his tiny mountain kingdom has a new political system - a "monarchial democracy" - his spokesman said on Monday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng (AFP) - Africa's last absolute monarch King Mswati III has declared his tiny mountain kingdom has a new political system - a "monarchial democracy" - his spokesman said on Monday.

South African and Swaziland media reported that the king told how he had received a vision from God during unseasonal thunderstorms that hit the country at the weekend, prompting the change.

"Swaziland is a monarchial democracy: the marriage between the monarch and the ballot box," the king said, as cited by the government spokesman Percy Simelane on Monday.

"The ballot box being the will of the people providing advice and counsel to the king which ensures transparency and accountability." He made the comments in a speech at the opening of the Swaziland international trade fair in Manzini at the weekend.

 
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