Swaziland. After several years of drought, a quarter of
the population needed food assistance. However, that did not
prevent King Mswati from asking the government at the
beginning of the year to build eleven palaces, one for each
of his buildings. According to the Minister of Economic
Planning, the project was included in the budget. At the end
of the year, the king also bought a luxury car for half a
million US dollars.
In February, the government announced national disaster
conditions due to the drought and devastating HIV epidemic
with nearly 40% of the population infected. Prime Minister
Themba Dlamini appealed for international assistance in
Swaziland's humanitarian crisis.
CountryAAH, the total population in Eswatini is 1,160,175 people in 2020.
The Speaker of Parliament declared in March that the King
had forced him to leave his post. According to the
President, the reason was that Parliament previously said no
to the king's request to buy at a taxpayer's expense a
private plan for the equivalent of over SEK 300 million.