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Mswati III (born Makhosetive on April 19, 1968) is the king of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. In 1986, he succeeded his father Sobhuza II as ruler of the southern African kingdom. He is generally considered to be an absolute monarch, as he has the authority to appoint the county's Prime Minister, members of the governing cabinet, and the judiciary.[1] However, he is bound to a certain degree by Swazi traditions and he does not have the authority to choose his heir.

Mswati III is known for his taste for luxury and his practice of phrenology, and has been criticized abroad for serving his personal needs at the expense of his country and people. In 2001 he attempted to curb the AIDS epidemic by invoking an ancient chastity rite that banned women under the age of 50 from sex. Within Swaziland, Mswati is a respected and largely popular figure