Activist elected MP, vows to change Swazi govt

2013-09-25 10:15
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Cape Town – A pro-democracy activist Jan Sithole, 60, who won a seat in the recently ended Swaziland parliamentary elections, has vowed to fight for reform in Africa's last absolute monarchy, a report said.

According to BBC Sithole who leads the Swaziland Democratic Party ((Swadepa) said he would bring change to Swaziland after he became one of 55 lawmakers following last week’s polls in which political parties could not take part.

Official results showed that 46 of the 55 lawmakers were new to parliament.

Sithole who was elected as an independent candidate, said one of the first things he would do would be to bring a bill of rights to parliament.

The activist said his party resolved to achieve a multiparty Swaziland but through a strategy of participating, as opposed to non-participation, a Business Day report said.

King Mswati III, 45, retains immense power under the current system, which allows him to appoint two-thirds of parliament’s upper house as well as the prime minister.

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