Swaziland king, Mswati III who has been ruling the country since 1986, has announced he is renaming the country as the kingdom of eSwatini.
The monarch announced the official change at the golden Jubilee celebration for the 50th anniversary of Swazi independence.
The celebration also marked the monarch’s 50th birthday. The southern African nation is an absolute monarchy.
The name change announcement has angered some in the country, who believe the King should focus more on the sluggish economy of the country. The country is African’s last absolute monarchy, and in recent years demonstrators have called for a shift to a democracy.
King Mswati III, currently is married to 15 wives, his father took 125 wives during his reign.