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Swaziland is now kingdom of eSwatini

King Mswati III of Swaziland

Kampala, Uganda |THE INDEPENDENT | I would like to announce that from today onwards, our country will be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini, King Mswati III of Swaziland announced at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence.

Africa’s last absolute monarch who was also celebrating his 50th birthday said the country was regaining the original name it had before being colonized by the British adding that whenever he goes abroad, people refer to Swaziland as Switzerland and therefore he wants to clear that confusion.

Even before making this announcement, the king has been recently referring to the nation as ‘kingdom of eSwatini’ during international conferences like the UN General Assembly last year.

Swaziland gained independence from Britain in 1968 and is a member of the Commonwealth.

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