The lion and the she-elephant

Mallory Primm
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Politics in Swaziland are a bit complicated as the governing body is a mixture of traditional and Western forms of government. Swaziland is ruled by a king called Ngwenyama, or lion, and the Queen Mother, Ndlovukazi or she-elephant. Swaziland is still working toward fully implementing its constitution, which took effect in 2005. The political system is called Tinkhundla, which consists of a Prime Minister and Parliament, most of whose members are appointed, rather than elected. The king and his advisory council, the liqoqo, work alongside the Parliamentary system to govern the Swazi people. Political parties are technically banned under the wide net of the Suppression of Terrorism Act.


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