The king of the small african kingdom of eSwatini, which houses one of the last absolute monarchies on the planet, has named Saturday its new Prime minister, a business leader with a novice in politics.
Mandvulo Ambrose Dlamimi, current CEO of the branch swazie of the mobile phone giant MTN, is the successor to Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, who died in late September died of cancer according to the local press.
The right arm of the king Mswati III, Mr. Dlamini had headed the government twice, from 1996 to 2003 and then from 2008 to 2018.
Conversely, Mandvulo Ambrose Dlamimi, the fifties, has no experience in politics. Prior to heading up the MTN in the eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), he had held the position of director general of the bank Nedbank.
“I call on the nation to cooperate and support the new Prime minister for the prosperity of the nation,” said king Mswati III in front of some 1,500 of his followers gathered at the royal residence of Ludzidzini, located ten kilometres from the capital, Mbabane.
The announcement of his name, the new Prime minister, who was in the crowd was escorted by the police before being presented to the subjects of the monarch.
The role of the head of government is extremely limited in the eSwatini, where the king, in office since 1986, to appoint ministers and control the parliament.
In this poor country landlocked in southern Africa, which was organized in September parliamentary elections, the political parties are not allowed to participate in the elections.