Mswati III is the king of Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. In 1986, he succeeded his father Sobhuza II as ruler of the southern African kingdom. He is generally considered to be an absolute monarch, as he has the authority to appoint the country's Prime Minister, members of the governing cabinet, and the judiciary. However, he is bound to a certain degree by Swazi traditions and he does not have the authority to choose his heir. In 2001 he attempted to curb the AIDS epidemic by invoking an ancient chastity rite, the umchwasho that banned women under the age of 18 from sex.
In September of 2010, Mswati became chairman of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, September 2010