Sunday, 21 October 2012

Swaziland no-confidence vote overturned

A vote of no-confidence that should have seen the Swaziland cabinet resign or be fired has been overturned, calling into question the force of the constitution. Although Swaziland is a monarchy, the pretence at least of respecting the constitution of the country has been maintained for the most part until now. This latest more suggests the largely-toothless parliament will be further weakened. This does not bode will for long-hoped-for reforms in the country. The vote to overturn the previous vote also presented procedural problems.
The general mood regarding the government’s action was probably best captured by Mandla Mkhwanazi, Chairman of the Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland. “My view is that if it takes two to tango, it should also take two to un-tango,” he said.

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