Country Report Swaziland January 2008

Outlook for 2008-09: International relations

The US, the EU and various pressure groups will closely monitor the implementation and interpretation of the new constitution, particularly with regard to clauses guaranteeing freedom of expression and assembly. However, Swaziland's small economic size militates against it being a strong focus of international attention. On a regional level, little action can be expected from the Southern African Development Community-despite its electoral charter, to which Swaziland is a signatory. Although Swaziland's economic links are weighted heavily towards South Africa and the West, King Mswati will continue to court Middle Eastern and Asian countries in an attempt to win support for his political and economic initiatives.

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