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2015-10-08 'Democracy Talks' Did Not Happen
[Swazi Media] The much anticipated meeting between Swaziland's autocratic King Mswati III and representatives of the prodemocracy movement in his kingdom did not take place.

2015-10-08 Swaziland - Falana Drags King Mswati III to UN Over Killing of Girls En Route Virgin Dance Festival
[Vanguard] Human rights lawyer Femi Falana, SAN has sent petition to UN Special Rapporteurs requesting them to use their "positions and mandates to thoroughly investigate reports of the unnecessary deaths of at least 60 girls and young women in Swaziland killed in bus crash on their way to dance festival where King of Swaziland, King Mswati III picks one of thousands of topless virgins as his new wife."

2015-10-06 IMF Staff Completes 2015 Article Iv Mission to Swaziland
[IMF] Press Release No. 15/453

2015-10-06 Update On Swazi Freedom Struggle
[Swazi Media] King Mswati III, Swaziland's absolute monarch, is being dragged through the courts in a case where he is personally being sued for US$1.5 million damages for his alleged part in the downfall of a mining operation in his Swaziland. The case which will be played out in the British Virgin Islands will be the first time the King has personally been sued. In Swaziland it is not possible to bring any kind of legal action against the monarch.

2015-10-02 Swaziland Faces Further Economic Shocks
[News24Wire] Swaziland should brace itself for further economic shocks, with European Union sanctions looming and the International Monetary Fund saying the country should fix its policy framework amid high unemployment, mounting poverty and calls for fiscal consolidation.

2015-09-30 Now, Pudemo Says It Will Meet King
[Swazi Media] Swaziland's best-known opposition group the People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO) will take part in talks with King Mswati III on Wednesday (30 September 2015), despite a report that its leaders had been banned from attending.

2015-09-30 Call to End Swazi Media Censorship
[Swazi Media] Lawyers in Swaziland and an international human rights group have jointly called for media freedom in the kingdom to be respected.

2015-09-28 'King Blocks Judges' Independence'
[Swazi Media] King Mswati III, the absolute monarch in Swaziland, stands in the way of the kingdom having independent judges, an international group of jurists has stated.

2015-09-28 Is King Mswati Softening Up?
[Fahamu] Swaziland has been an absolute monarchy for decades, but absolute monarch King Mswati III is being pressed by both the country's democratic movement, the Commonwealth and the EU to discuss democratic reforms.

2015-09-28 Payments On Comesa Platform Hit $1.76 Million
[East African] Payments made through a regional cross-border transfer system hit $1.76 million in the first six months of the year, indicating rising public awareness and uptake of a platform introduced to ease trade.

2015-09-25 King Won't Meet Democracy Leaders
[Swazi Media] All the major figures in Swaziland's pro-democracy movement have been excluded from so-called 'democracy talks' with King Mswati III on Wednesday (30 September 2015).

2015-09-24 Swazi King's Jet Dispute Back in Court
[Swazi Media] A court has ordered that King Mswati III of Swaziland cannot sell or dispose of his private jet until a dispute over his alleged failure to pay a US$3.5 million debt is resolved.

2015-09-23 Pudemo On Talks With Swazi King
[Swazi Media] Swaziland has been an absolute monarchy for decades, but absolute monarch King Mswati III is being pressed by both the country's democratic movement, the Commonwealth and the EU to discuss democratic reforms, writes Kenworthy News Media.

2015-09-24 Councillors Should Enhance Service Delivery
[Botswana Daily News] Mochudi -Kgatleng District Council chairperson, Mr Mpho Morolong has urged councillors to enhance their performance for better service delivery.

2015-09-22 King Personally Sued for U.S.$1.5 Million
[Swazi Media] King Mswati III of Swaziland is to be personally sued for US$1.5 million after the collapse of the Ngwenya iron ore mine in his kingdom.

2015-09-21 King 'To Meet Democracy Groups'
[Swazi Media] King Mswati III, the absolute monarch in Swaziland, is being forced to hold talks with pro-democracy groups, according to an unconfirmed report circulating on the Internet.

2015-09-21 Swazi Govt Wrong On Constitution
[Swazi Media] The Swaziland Government has rejected a report from a group of internationally respected researchers that found only seven in one hundred Swazi people were 'very satisfied' with the way democracy works in the kingdom.

2015-09-18 Bid to Talk-Up King's Failed Airport
[Swazi Media] In another attempt to deceive people that Swaziland's King Mswati III (KM3) International Airport is a success, plans have been announced to build a 'glittering' city in the area nearby.

2015-09-16 Swaziland Not Democratic Say Swazis
[Swazi Media] Only seven in a hundred Swazi people say they are 'very satisfied' with the way democracy works in Swaziland.

2015-09-14 Engineered Consent in Swaziland
[Fahamu] In Swaziland you can rarely find a company or government parastatal whose board of directors does not include a prince, princess, chief or the king's business associate. It is an absolute monarchy where one's opportunities and place in society are almost fully dependent on connections and willingness to comply with the decrees of King Mswati III.

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