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In recent years, Mswati has sought to redefine Swaziland’s political system by describing his rule as a monarchial democracy. He claims the system blends the monarchy with democratic values and allows people to elect anyone they choose to represent them in Parliament without the inhibitions of party-political patronage. Mswati believes his monarchical democracy project does this while recognising kingship as the institution that embodies Swaziland’s sociopolitical discourse. There is no doubt that the monarch has a firm grip on power in Swaziland and, over the years, has managed to suppress political dissent to the point where activists today are a subdued lot who only speak on the sidelines in hushed tones.