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King Mswati III


King of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family.

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Created: 14th Feb 2008
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King Mswati III
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Date of Birth: Apr/19/1968
Gender: male
Place of Origin: Eswatini

In 1986, Mswati III succeeded his father Sobhuza II as ruler of the southern African kingdom. He is generally considered to be one of the last absolute monarchs in the world.

He has the authority to appoint the country's prime minister, members of the cabinet, and the judiciary. However, he is bound to a certain degree by Swazi traditions and he does not have the authority to choose his heir.

Mswati III is known for his taste for luxury and his practice of polygamy, and has been criticized abroad for pursuing his personal interests at the expense of his country.

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