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Swaziland tallies results in disputed election

Saturday - 9/21/2013, 9:38am  ET

FILE - In this Monday Sept. 3, 2012 file photo Swaziland's King, Mswati III, front, dances during a Reed Dance in Mbabane, Swaziland. Swaziland held elections to choose a new parliament on Friday Sept. 20, 2013, but some opposition figures in the southern African monarchy said the process was not democratic and should be boycotted. Voters were selecting 55 parliamentarians from among candidates who had been chosen by tribal leaders loyal to King Mswati III. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

MBABANE, Swaziland (AP) -- Swaziland is tallying up results from parliamentary elections that opposition figures and many international observers called a sham process engineered by the country's king to retain a tight grip on power.

Final results were expected Saturday, one day after the voting for 55 seats in parliament. Political parties were not allowed to participate, and King Mswati III will select another 10 candidates for the 65-member assembly. Swaziland also has a 30-member senate that is appointed by the king and the assembly.

Mswati has ruled since 1986 following the death of his father, King Sobhuza III. The kingdom of more than 1 million people, about one third of whom were registered to vote, has high rates of unemployment and AIDS.


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