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|The Swaziland Constitution of 2005: can absolutism be reconciled with modern constitutionalism?
|Fombad, Charles Manga
|South African Journal on Human Rights
|Swaziland - Eswatini
|In February 2006 the Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland came into effect. The new Constitution contains many progressive ideas but it also retains many of the features that have drawn international attention to the excesses of the absolute and authoritarian powers of the Swazi King. Despite its veneer of constitutionalism and constitutional legitimacy, the new Constitution hardly protects the Swazis against the excesses of the authoritarian tendencies and practices of their King and his officials. The Constitution fails to reconcile the monarchy with modern constitutionalism, providing neither the barest minimum conditions for a functioning constitutional monarchy nor for a democratic order. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]