October 24, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Swazi King Cheered at Zuma Inauguration

Posted in: Swaziland

King Mswati III of Swaziland received loud cheers and applause during his arrival to Saturday’s inauguration of South Africa’s new president, Jacob Zuma.

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The overwhelming support for Africa’s last absolute monarch came when it was rumored he was not welcomed to the ceremony.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions had backed the Swaziland Solidarity Network to ban the King.

On Friday, The Congress released a statement explaining why they did not want Mswati to come.

“The Presidential inauguration will be a celebration of democracy” the Congress said. “The culmination of a long process in which first the rank-and-file of the African National Congress and then the people of South Africa have democratically selected a president and government of their choice.

“King Mswati on the other hand has been elected by nobody. He inherited his position of absolute power and has used it to deny his people any democratic rights…Opposition parties remain banned, trade union rights are curtailed and any opposition demonstrations are ruthlessly suppressed.

“The presence of this despot at the inauguration will be an insult to all the people of Africa. It will give him credibility and democratic credentials which he does not deserve… He should be treated as a pariah.”

The spokesperson for the Swaziland Solidarity Network, Lucky Lukhele, said:

“He has never spent R100million on his personal birthday and another R50million on 20 luxury Mercedes Benz S600 with plasma screens and fridges inside, while his own people go hungry.”

Despite all the efforts, the King did show up and was greeted warmly.

King Mswati is without controversy. He and his 13 wives and many children, live lavishly while the majority of Swazis live in intense poverty. Swaziland’s HIV rate is one of the world’s highest.

Kuwaiti Emir Cements Energy Ties with China

Posted in: Kuwait

The Emir of Kuwait arrived in China Sunday for a four day visit to the world’s most populous nation.

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Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah is there to strengthen economic ties with China, especially in the field of energy.

“We attach great importance to advancing cooperation with China in various fields, including cooperation in economy and trade and politics,” the Emir told Chinese President Hu Jintao.

In 2005, the two countries signed signed an agreement to build an oil refinery in China’s Guangdong province. Back then, Chinese state media called the move the nation’s largest ever joint venture.

This time, the two nations signed an agreement to a project by Kuwait Petroleum International and Sinopec Corp., which is estimated at $9 billion – that is even larger than the 2005 venture. It will include a refinery and an ethylene plant in Guangdong.

In addition, Kuwait will finance a $24 million project to clean up the heavily polluted Bosten Lake in China’s mainly Muslim western region.