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King Mswati III of Swaziland has banned divorce in his Kingdom issuing the decree during a meeting held with Christian religious leaders at the Engabezweni Royal Residence on Sunday, Daily Nation reported today.

According to the news article, The Times of Swaziland has quoted the king telling the pastors to inform the citizens that there was no pulling out once marriage takes place.

“In our culture, once you marry, there is no turning back,” King Mswati has said.

The royal directive comes as the kingdom’s attorney-general office’s is drafting a marriage Bill that spells out five grounds for divorce.

The existing law does not allow divorce.

The newspaper quoted King Mswati comparing marriage to a covenant with God, pointing out that it was wrong for people to break agreements “made with their maker”.

Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies.

According to United Nations reports, Swaziland has the highest HIV/Aids prevalence rate on the globe.

Out of a total population of 1.2 million, more than 210,000 Swazis are infected with the virus.

King Mswati III was crowned in 1986 at the age of 18, succeeding his long-serving father King Sobhuza II, who died aged 82.

The king, 49, who is known as Ngweyama — “the lion” — has many wives and often appears in public in traditional attire.

He is permitted by law to choose a new bride every year.

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  • Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:27 AM

    No divorce for ordinary, wife /year for Monarch absolutely brilliant.

    Leo Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:27 AM

    Give the same previlage of a new wife every year to your citizens so there would be no need for divorce. via DM Android App

    mary Tuesday, 18 April 2017 10:56 AM

    MR Played Bingo and Tango with Mswatti..

    Shelly. Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:24 AM

    Instead do not marry. Free to keep a woman or man and keep on changing every year or when ever he she desires. No marriages ...... no divorces. via DM Android App

    chamithroshanwijenayake Tuesday, 18 April 2017 12:07 PM

    Good example to our country.

    ANTON Tuesday, 18 April 2017 01:17 PM

    LIKE ALBANIA AND SOMALIA, SWAZILAND IS ONE OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD.

    dham Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:36 PM

    Best friend of then MR may be in same boat at that time via DM Android App

    dulan Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:04 AM

    Good idea no divorce but new marriage every year

    johan Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:48 AM

    One of the best friends of MR family

    Kaboos Tuesday, 18 April 2017 08:49 AM

    Superb country to live.


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