15 August 2012
Swaziland's Non-Party Political System and the 2013 Tinkhundla Elections
Breaking the SADC Impasse?
The monarchical political system of Swaziland contrasts with the policy framework of the Southern African Development Community, which considers democracy to be part of the imperatives of economic development and human security. Swaziland's constitution from 2005, whose democratic legitimacy is contested because the constitution-making process was highly defective, effectively vests legislative power in the king, Mswati III, who can veto all legislation approved by parliament. This policy brief argues that this is a major weakness of the country's non-party constituency model, since even an elected legislature cannot override the veto.
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