AD92: Swazis reject multiparty politics amid decreasing satisfaction with democracy

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Perceptions of the need for political parties, Swaziland
Sipho Kunene

If supporters of democratic reform in Swaziland see multiparty competition as the path to a more transparent and accountable government, they face an uphill struggle: Almost two-thirds of citizens say multiple political parties are divisive and unnecessary in Swaziland.

After two years of “monarchical democracy,” fewer than half of Swazis surveyed by Afrobarometer express support for democracy over all other political systems. At the same time, strong majorities reject non-democratic alternatives. Public satisfaction with the way democracy is working in their country is declining, and almost one-third say Swaziland is not a democracy at all.