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Swaziland's Mswati III reappoints premier for third time

By Sapa-AFP | 2013-10-29 06:32:27.0 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

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 percent in 2011 to 0.2 percent 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 September 20 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.

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2013-10-29 06:40:27.0 | 0 replies

LONG LIVE THE KING!!!!

Sidlubuladlele. Bhova-bhova wema Swati!!! Dlamini! Nkosi! Wena wek'nene!!!!

2013-10-29 09:41:49.0 | 0 replies

LaDlamini: Well eff off back to Swaziland then, if you worship the man that much.

2013-10-29 09:54:20.0 | 0 replies

Hello bloggers i always watch you from sidelines since i am a swazi living in swaziland. I am certainly not in love with the tinkhundla system , or Mswati's thinking (if he actually does any ,in between satisfying his many wives and concubibes). In this case only , he got it right third time in a row. Sibusiso is the right man , he isn't just good with riots but just as good with the country's economy, pity though coz mswati then uses it up funding his lavish lifestyle.

2013-10-29 11:03:57.0 | 0 replies

Smadzax: Thanks for that info.

2013-10-29 11:11:24.0 | 0 replies

This Makhosetive guy is entering these poor swazi peasants without any vaseline

2013-10-29 12:09:48.0 | 0 replies

Lap dog he will not oppose anything..

2013-10-29 12:18:32.0 | 0 replies

smadzax
Hello bloggers i always watch you from sidelines since i am a swazi living in swaziland. I am certainly not in love with the tinkhundla system , or Mswati's thinking (if he actually does any ,in between satisfying his many wives and concubibes). In this case only , he got it right third time in a row. Sibusiso is the right man , he isn't just good with riots but just as good with the country's economy, pity though coz mswati then uses it up funding his lavish lifestyle.
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Can I ask you a question?? Why are Swazi people so docile?? even donkeys do rebel at certain times. When are they going to realise that SA wont feed them forever?? whilst this cretin continues to f**k young girls and indulge miself eternally???

Kuyozekubenini??

2013-10-29 12:37:20.0 | 0 replies

RobinX
LaDlamini: Well eff off back to Swaziland then, if you worship the man that much
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Well said, Sir Robin

2013-10-29 14:04:14.0 | 0 replies

he is another proof that having too many wives and concubines reduces your thinking capacity.

2013-10-29 09:36:12.0 | 0 replies

This guy is too young to be running a country, Swaziland is a small country, its easy for the police to quickly crush any protests, some section of the society see nothing wromg, because they can always go to Mpumalanga and collect social grants and get back to Swwaziland, same as Mozambique citizes do,...............the probelm is only a highly milatant organisation can tople him, becuase of the nature of topling , this people normally becomes dicatators themselves,............................the same scenario has repeated it self over and over in Africa, perhaps Colonisation was better for the rest of Africa since they cannot rule themselves, they proved it over and over again..

2013-10-29 09:33:18.0 | 0 replies
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