Gap Fill - eSwatini - Level 5


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The of Swaziland, King Mswati III, has changed his country's to eSwatini. The name means "land of the Swazis" in the language. King Mswati is an absolute and has the to change his country. He spoke at the nation's Golden Jubilee on Thursday, which was also his 50th birthday. He said: "African countries, on getting , reverted to their ancient names before they were colonized. So from now on, the country will be known as the Kingdom of eSwatini." Swaziland was a British until 50 years ago.

The name change has been talked about for . The king refers to Swaziland as eSwatini in his , and at the U.N. General Assembly and the African Union. Swaziland became from Britain in 1968. Unlike other British , it kept its -era name. Nyasaland became Malawi, Bechuanaland changed its name to Botswana, and Rhodesia became Zimbabwe. King Mswati said that from , people would not confuse his country with Switzerland. The UN, Google Maps and Internet now have to change their .

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