Mswati III

Mswati III,

1968–, king of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Given the title of Prince Makhosetive at an early age, he was crowned king in 1986, following a regency after his father, King Sobhuza IISobhuza II
, 1899–1982, king of Swaziland (now Eswatini; 1921–82). He became paramount chief of the Swazi in 1921, after a 22-year regency, and was recognized as king by Great Britain when Swaziland was granted (1967) internal self-government.
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, died in 1982. He soon consolidated his power and put close family members into powerful positions. An autocratic absolute monarch, he has become notorious for living extravagantly in a country with an economy based on subsistence farming.
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