Swaziland: Prime Minister Receives Vote of No Confidence

Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini is refusing to step-down despite a vote of no-confidence from Parliament. (Google Images)

AllAfrica.com is reporting that businesses have turned against Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini, who suffered a vote of no-confidence in the Swazi House of Assembly last Wednesday (October 3, 2012).  According to the Constitution the government should have resigned within three days or have been “sacked” by King Mswati III.

The no-confidence vote came after a long-running feud involving the Swazi parastatal Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) and MTN, the only cellphone company in the kingdom. The government closed down some SPTC services after complaints from MTN.

Leaders of Swaziland’s business community have demanded the government abide by a no-confidence vote and quit office.

The AllAfrica.com article reports, ‘This cabinet has no mandate to govern, is not fit for purpose, and it must do the honourable thing and go immediately before it damages Swaziland any further,’ the Federation of Swazi Business Community (FSBC), said in a statement. Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini is refusing to step-down.

Read more at AllAfrica.com.

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