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Africa’s Last King Defiant as Eswatini Dissent Grows

  • Eswatini police and army crushed pro-democracy protests
  • King Mswati has the power to veto changes to the constitution
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Africa’s last absolute monarch dismissed his detractors on Friday, weeks after police and the army quashed some of the most violent pro-democracy protests yet in Eswatini.

While the crackdown restored calm, the deaths of at least 27 people during a week of unrest drew renewed international scrutiny of the kingdom. Protesters were demanding King Mswati III, who’s ruled the South African neighbor for more than three decades, cedes some control.