Swaziland Government Critic Dlamini Quits Union, Observer Says

Barnes Dlamini, president of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland and a critic of the government of King Mswati III, resigned from the labor organization, the Swazi Observer reported.

Dlamini tendered his resignation on Jan. 17 as the union federation’s National Governing Council met. He also quit his position at Illovo Sugar Ltd., the paper said. Dlamini said he plans to concentrate on a family business and wasn’t under political pressure to step down, according to the report.

Dlamini was prominent in 2011 protests demanding political change in Africa’s last absolute democracy. He campaigned against the Swazi government at the International Labour Organisation, efforts that were partly responsible for a U.S. decision to exclude Swaziland from the African Growth Opportunity Agreement.

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