Swaziland. In August, King Mswati dissolved the
parliament ahead of the planned parliamentary elections in
October. The decision was seen as an attempt to respond to
the opposition's call for voters to boycott the election.
Political parties are banned in the country, which is then
governed for a quarter of a century by decrees of the king.
Only individual candidates are allowed, and even if they are
nominated locally, they must in practice be accepted by the
king. Before the election, police and military house surveys
were conducted by several opposition leaders.
Countryaah, the election was described by the opposition as a father
and was followed by unrest, among other things. several
explosions. Shortly after the new government was sworn in in
November, the Deputy Prime Minister's office in the capital
Mbabane was destroyed in an explosive attack. One person was
killed and several injured. Three ministries had to be
evacuated following threats of further blasts.