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Tiny African nation of Swaziland changing its name

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The tiny African nation of Swaziland is changing its name after a royal declaration by King Mswati III.

The king announced the name change during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence and his 50th birthday.

Many African countries upon independence “reverted to their ancient, native names,” Mswati said earlier this morning. “We no longer shall be called Swaziland from today forward.”

The kingdom will be known by its historic name of eSwatini. The king has used that name in the past at openings of parliament and other events.

It is not immediately clear how much it will cost the landlocked African country to make the name change.

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