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    Swaziland Government - 2006
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    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Kingdom of Swaziland
      conventional short form: Swaziland

      Government type:
      monarchy; independent member of Commonwealth

      Capital:
      Mbabane; note - Lobamba is the royal and legislative capital

      Administrative divisions:
      4 districts; Hhohho, Lubombo, Manzini, Shiselweni

      Independence:
      6 September 1968 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 6 September (1968)

      Constitution:
      the first constitution was signed into law in July 2005 and is scheduled to be implemented in January 2006

      Legal system:
      based on South African Roman-Dutch law in statutory courts and Swazi traditional law and custom in traditional courts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: King MSWATI III (since 25 April 1986)
      head of government: Prime Minister Absolom Themba DLAMINI (since 14 November 2003)
      cabinet: Cabinet recommended by the prime minister and confirmed by the monarch
      elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament or Libandla, an advisory body, consists of the Senate (30 seats - 10 appointed by the House of Assembly and 20 appointed by the monarch; members serve five-year terms) and the House of Assembly (65 seats - 10 appointed by the monarch and 55 elected by popular vote; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: House of Assembly - last held 18 October 2003 (next to be held October 2008)
      election results: House of Assembly - balloting is done on a nonparty basis; candidates for election are nominated by the local council of each constituency and for each constituency the three candidates with the most votes in the first round of voting are narrowed to a single winner by a second round

      Judicial branch:
      High Court; Court of Appeal; judges for both courts are appointed by the monarch

      Political parties and leaders:
      political parties are banned by the government under an emergency decree that will be revoked when the new constitution takes effect (January 2006)- the following are considered political associations; Imbokodvo National Movement or INM; Ngwane National Liberatory Congress or NNLC [Obed DLAMINI, president]; People's United Democratic Movement or PUDEMO [Mario MASUKU, president]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACP, AfDB, AU, C, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, ISO (correspondent), ITU, MIGA, NAM, OPCW, PCA, SACU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Ephraim Mandla HLOPHE
      chancery: 1712 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009
      telephone: [1] (202) 234-5002
      FAX: [1] (202) 234-8254

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Lewis LUCKE
      embassy: Central Bank Building, Mahlokahla Street, Mbabane
      mailing address: P. O. Box 199, Mbabane
      telephone: [268] 404-6441 through 404-6445
      FAX: [268] 404-5959

      Flag description:
      three horizontal bands of blue (top), red (triple width), and blue; the red band is edged in yellow; centered in the red band is a large black and white shield covering two spears and a staff decorated with feather tassels, all placed horizontally


      NOTE: The information regarding Swaziland on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Swaziland Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Swaziland Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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