Even a King Can’t Rename a Country Without Some Complications


MBABANE, Eswatini—King Mswati III, absolute ruler of the tiny Southern African nation of Swaziland, last year announced on his 50th birthday that the country would henceforth be known as Eswatini.

The king said his surprise edict would be immediately enforced. Eswatini means “place of the Swazi” in the Swazi language, more or less the same as the Anglicized “Swaziland.”


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