PRÉAMBULE DE LA NOUVELLE CONSTITUTION DU SWAZILAND
Date: 26 juillet 2005
Indépendant depuis 1968, le Swaziland est une monarchie constitutionnelle dont les pouvoirs sont concentrés entre les mains du souverain. En 1989, soumis à des pressions intérieures et extérieures, le roi met en place une commission entraînant la rédaction d'une Constitution qui est adoptée par les élus swazis. Elle est adoptée le 26 juillet 2005 et ratifiée le 8 février 2006. Les partis politiques sont maintenant permis, mais l'ouverture à un multipartisme réel est loin d'être acquis.
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Whereas We the People of the Kingdom of Swaziland do hereby undertake in humble submission to Almighty God to start afresh under a new framework of constitutional dispensation;
Whereas as a Nation it has always been our desire to achieve full freedom and independence under a constitution created by ourselves for ourselves in complete liberty;
Whereas various vusela consultations, economic and constitutional commissions, political experiments and Sibaya meetings have been established and undertaken in the last thirty years in search of a sustainable home-grown political order;
Whereas it has become necessary to review the various constitutional documents, decrees, laws, customs and practices so as to promote good governance, the rule of law, respect for our institutions and the progressive development of the Swazi society;
Whereas it is necessary to blend the good institutions of traditional Law and custom with those of an open and democratic society so as to promote transparency and the social, economic and cultural development of our Nation;
Whereas it is necessary to protect and promote the fundamental rights and freedoms of ALL in our Kingdom in terms of a constitution which binds the Legislature, the Executive, the Judiciary and the other Organs and Agencies of the Government;
Whereas all the branches of government are the Guardians of the Constitution, it is necessary that the Courts be the ultimate Interpreters of the Constitution;
Whereas as a Nation we desire to march forward progressively under our own constitution guaranteeing peace, order and good government, and the happiness and welfare of ALL our people;
Whereas the Constitution in draft form was circulated to the nation in both official languages, was vetted by the people at tinkhundla and Sibaya meetings;
Now, THEREFORE, WE, iNgwenyama-in-Council, acting together with and on the Approval of the Swazi Nation meeting as the Swazi National Council assembled at Ludzidzini this 4th day of October, 2004, hereby Accept the following Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land.