Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Swaziland takes new name for its king's 50th birthday - eSwatini

Swaziland takes new name for its king's 50th birthday - eSwatini

Accordingly citizens of the kingdom without gender differentiation would henceforth be known as eMaswati.

King Mswati III announced it during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of independence and his 50th birthday.

A public school on January 22, 2017, in Mbabane, Swaziland. The name change also marks 50 years since independence from British rule.

Mswati has over the years been at the crossroad between ruling as a traditional monarch or modernising his kingdom through multi-party democracy. We will remind, in February in Macedonia held a mass protest against the renaming of the country. It must be said that this process is long overdue, particularly if you consider how other countries in the region localised their names after independence'. There is widespread poverty in a country with the world's highest HIV/AIDS rate.

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Swaziland is a Commonwealth member.

He said the celebrations reflected on the country's milestones, and asked the nation to first have to give thanks to God for His blessings in good times and for his protection and guidance during challenging times.

After the modest whistles that greeted most of the king's pronouncements, the flag-waving crowd saved their loudest cheers for the declaration that the country would revert to their indigenous name. Our country will now be called - "the Kingdom of Eswatini"'. Mswati III has used the new name in previous official speeches. Results were inconclusive, an unanimous verdict could not be reached. In 1966, Bechuanaland was reborn as Botswana, and Basutoland changed its name to Lesotho.

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