Saturday, September 20, 2008


Associated Press

19 September 2008

Swaziland votes for new parliament

Voters are flocking to the polls for Swaziland's parliamentary elections even though political parties are banned and King Mswati III wields total control.

Long lines formed in the early morning at the 51 constituency polling stations as voters made their choice among candidates who campaigned on individual platforms.

Improved delivery of services like water and electricity, better health care, and higher social grants for the elderly were the main campaign themes. Swaziland is desperately poor and has the highest AIDS rate in the world.

There were no reports of unrest Friday. Police on Thursday prevented a demonstration at the border with South Africa and briefly detained its organizers.


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