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Eswatini

Yearbook 1999

Swaziland. According to Countryaah official website, Bheki Makhubu, editor at The Times of Swaziland, was forced to leave his post in September after the newspaper was subjected to political pressure. The Times Sunday supplement had published two articles claiming that King Mswati's latest wife - 18 years old - had failed in her studies and was suspended from two schools after she showed lack of discipline. A state prosecutor brought up the case, and Makhubu was arrested accused of trying to put the royal house on bad days. Makhubu was released at the end of September against bail pending trial.

1999 Eswatini

In November, King Mswati presented a national development plan for the next five years. The plan contained no proposals for parliamentary democracy or political freedom of expression and therefore received harsh criticism.

 
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