Country Report Swaziland January 2008

Political structure

Official name

Kingdom of Swaziland

Form of state

Absolute monarchy

Legal system

Parallel systems of Roman-Dutch and customary law

National legislature

A bicameral parliament; the House of Assembly is elected through the tinkhundla electoral system, which has three stages: nomination, primary election and secondary election; a secret ballot is now conducted for the last two stages; the Assembly has 55 elected members and ten royal appointees; the Senate consists of 30 members, 20 of them royal appointees and ten selected by the Assembly; the king may legislate by decree; a new constitution containing a number of small changes to the political system came into effect in February 2006

National elections

Last parliamentary election October 2003; next election scheduled for October 2008

Head of state

Monarch; succession governed by custom

National government

The monarch and his cabinet, appointed in November 2003

Political parties

None; status under the new constitution remains unclear, although some groups are operating openly and have applied for registration

The government

Monarch: Mswati III

Prime minister: Themba Dlamini

Deputy prime minister: Constance Simelane

Key ministers

Agriculture & co-operatives: Mtiti Fakudze

Economic planning & development: Reverend Absalom Dlamini

Education: Themba Msibi

Enterprise & employment: Lutfo Dlamini

Finance: Majozi Sithole

Foreign affairs & trade: Mathendele Dlamini

Health & social welfare: Njabulo Mabuza

Home affairs: Prince Gabheni

Housing & urban development: Mabili Dlamini

Justice & constitutional affairs: Prince David

Natural resources & energy: Dumsile Sukati

Public service & information: S'gayoyo Magongo

Public works & transport: Elijah Shongwe

Tourism, environment & communications: Thandi Shongwe

Central Bank governor

Martin Dlamini

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