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And go to Swaziland! By Blake and Bryce Traylor

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Here is some things you should know know about Swaziland before you go!

-National Anthem of Swaziland is NKulunKulu Mnikati wetibusiso temaSwati. In English it means O lord is our god.

The leader is Mswati III. They run an Absolute Monarchy. Most of the population are Christians. Some cool facts are...

-Swaziland is also known as Ngwane. It is the smallest country in Africa.

-It is one of the well-watered areas of sub Saharan Africa. Major rivers include ingwavuma, MaKondo, Usu tu, Ngwempisi, Lomti, and Black Umbeluzi. It also has minerals such as iron ore, asbestos, tin, kaolin, coal, gold, barite, and diamonds.

-The official language is Siswati and english

-Swaziland exports canned fruit, citrus, refrigerators, cotton yam, wood pulp, and sugar. It imports motor vehicles, machinery, transport equipment, foodstuffs, petroleum products and chemicals.

-Swaziland is famous for its vast variety of wild animals such as elephants, lions, leopards, and rhinoceros. Its also known for its bird life

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Timeline of Swaziland

1968- Swaziland is granted formal independence within the Commonwealth and adopts a new constitution. Authority is vested in the new parliament a proportion of the members are nominated by the Monarch.

1978- The new constitution enshrines electoral representation by Tinkhundla. Under the system candidates are nominated by local councils and elected by secret ballot. The king retains the power to appoint a proportion of parliamentarians.

1982- King Subhuza dies

1986-King Mswati dissolves The supreme Council of State.

1987- election for the Electoral college takes place, but turnout is low. Many interpret this as a sign of dissatisfaction with the Tunkhundla system.

1996 Pudemo Announces a campaign of civil disobedience citing the government failure to respond to the demand for a multiparty system and constitutional change. Strike action takes place.

1997- The king dissolves the national assembly to prepare for elections. Elections are held in November