Monday, 2 September 2013

Swaziland's "Monarchal Democracy"

It's tough being the last absolute monarch on a continent where the majority of nations have, finally, settled relatively comfortably into being either modern democracies or dictatorships. Which, for the most part distinguish themselves from monarchies in how they came to be. Or at least in that the violent overthrow of the previous leadership that brought them into being doesn't go back far enough for them to be monarchies. Still, Mswati III really has been out in the cold on this one.

Perhaps that accounts for the vision that has led him to decree that the country will now be called a monarchical democracy or monarchal democracy. What exactly a monarchal democracy is remains unclear but the king likes it, it may be linked to the (somewhat dubious) upcoming parliamentary elections and it comes with thunderstorms.

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