Mswati appoints premier for 3rd time

2013-10-29 07:56

Mbabane  - Swaziland's King Mswati III on Monday re-appointed Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini for the next five years after legislative polls last month in Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Mswati III, 45, who retains immense power under the current system, kept on his prime minister despite opposition from key political players.

Dlamini, 71, was absent when the announcement was made, a departure from a tradition whereby the premier mixes with crowds around a cattleshed when the king unveils his name.

Mswati said that due to his vast political and economic experience, Dlamini was the "rightful candidate" to help Swaziland's economic recovery.

According to a recent report by the Central Bank of Swaziland, Swaziland's GDP growth declined from 0.7% in 2011 to 0.2% last year.

A former minister of finance, Dlamini first served as prime minister between 1996 and 2003. He was then re-appointed to the position in 2008.

Observers suggest that the king decided to retain his services because he is seen as a useful figure for battling riots and public protests.

Social upheaval is uncommon in Swaziland, and police have crushed the few peaceful protests organised in the country in past years.

Political parties are not uniformly banned, but cannot contest elections.

Voters chose 55 lawmakers during the 20 September elections, with candidates hand-picked by traditional chiefs loyal to the king.

Pro-democracy activist Jan Sithole, 60, won a seat in the elections, which were criticised by regional observers.

Sithole, leader of the Swaziland Democratic Party (Swadepa) and a vocal critic of the current political set-up, vowed to change the government from the inside.

"I am looking forward to working with the appointed prime minister in building the country's status," he said.

  • Imani Azania - 2013-10-29 08:10

    no one bothers the europian monarchs....same as the ICC not presecuting whites..

      DerekMain - 2013-10-29 09:19

      In this day and age, there is no place for the concept of royalty (European or otherwise). What some god-ordained royal should rule over us mere mortals? What utter BS! They are just parasites. And Mswati is a particularly nasty parasite - living large while his people are starving.

      Hanz Rauch - 2013-10-29 09:38

      Before criticizing the ICC, maybe have a look at examples of war crimes prosecutions before the ICC was established. There have been many examples of Europeans prosecuting Europeans. Unfortunately African Leaders only protect African Leaders. One example: And who would you say should be on the list of war criminals that are not: George Bush, US Army Generals, Maybe And who would you remove from the ICC list of Indictments?

      T-bos X Mbhele - 2014-05-31 10:24

      Yes he deserves

  • Takalan Solomon Dzhombere - 2013-10-29 10:03

    Self-enrichment country

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