Monarch or revolutionary? What leaders do Africans yearn for? | DW News

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Soldiers have been deployed across schools in Eswatini where students have been protesting. They are demanding political reforms and are calling for the release of two MP’s who were arrested during pro-democracy protests earlier this year.

Eswatini – which used to be called Swaziland – is Africa’s last absolute monarchy. The tiny Kingdom of 1.3 million people is a landlocked country which is almost entirely surrounded by South Africa.

Eswatini is ruled by King Mswati III, the 53 year old monarch came to the throne aged 18. His regime has been accused of violating human rights and brutally crushing dissent. DW correspondent Adrian Kriesch reports.

Some rulers stay too long – others go too quickly. This week a military court in Ouagadougou began the long-awaited trial of the men accused of assassinating Thomas Sankara, the former president of Burkina Faso. Sankara was a charismatic Marxist leader, who has become an iconic figure among a generation of post-independence African leaders.

The trial – which is expected to last several months – is seen as significant step toward determining the circumstances surrounding Sankara’s death.


00:00 Eswatini is Africa’s last absolute monarchy

03:47 What’s the end goal of these protests?

09:00 Trial over assassination of ex-president Thomas Sankara

11:34 Sankara legacy & what to expect from the trial

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