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>> Swaziland's king thinks it's time the country had a rebrand. He says it's now to be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini. The new name still means the land of Swazis, but it's in the local language. And it's what the country was called before being colonized by the British.
Its king, Mswati III, made the announcement on his 50th birthday, which also happen to be the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence. The decision is his to make as he is Africa's last absolute monarch. Mswati says he's long been concerned that people get Swaziland and Switzerland mixed up. The name change doesn't come as a total surprise.
The king has referred to the Kingdom of eSwatini at international conferences in recent years. And it's not his first attempt at rebranding. In 2013, he said the country would become a monarchical democracy. Though he later explained that nothing had really changed, it just sounded better to foreigners.