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The head of state is the king or Ingwenyama (Lion), currently King Mswati III, who ascended to the throne in 1986 after the death of his father King Sobhuza II in 1982 and a period of regency. By tradition, the king reigns along with his mother or a ritual substitute, the Indlovukati (She-Elephant). As the monarch, the king not only appoints the prime minister — the head of government — but also appoints a small number of representatives for both chambers of parliament. The Senate consists of 30 members, while the House of Assembly has 65 seats, 55 of which are occupied by elected representatives. Elections are held every five years.



The Swazi Parliament consists of the Senate (30 seats; 10 members appointed by the House of Assembly and 20 appointed by the monarch; to serve five-year terms) and the House of Assembly (65 seats; 10 members appointed by the monarch and 55 elected by popular vote; to serve five-year terms). The last elections were held on the 19th September 2008 and the next elections are to be held in the year 2013. The elections for the House of Assembly are conducted through balloting which is done on a non party basis. Candidates for election are nominated by the local council of each constituency and for each constituency the three candidates with the most votes in the first round of voting are narrowed to a single winner by a second round.














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