Cleopas Dlamini

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Cleopas Dlamini
Dlamini in 2023
11th Prime Minister of Eswatini
Assumed office
19 July 2021
MonarchMswati III
DeputyThemba N. Masuku
Preceded byThemba N. Masuku (acting)
Personal details
Born (1952-12-26) 26 December 1952 (age 70)
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Lomvula Hlope, Nomfundo Maseko
Alma materUniversity of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland[1]

Cleopas Sipho Dlamini (born 26 December 1952) is a Liswati business executive who serves as the prime minister of Eswatini, holding the office from 16 July 2021.[2]

He replaced Themba N. Masuku, who occupied the office in acting capacity, following the death of the previous substantive office holder Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini in December 2020. Before he was named prime minister, Cleopas was the chief executive officer of the Public Pension Fund of the Kingdom of Eswatini. He was also a Senator in the Eswatini Senate.[2][3][4]

Prime Minister of Eswatini[edit]

On 16 July 2021, following major political unrest against the monarchy in Eswatini,[5] at a sibaya held at the Ludzidzini Royal Palace, some 20 kilometres (12 mi) south of Mbabane, King Mswati III, announced his appointment of Cleopas Dlamini as the next prime minister.[6] The new prime minister took the oath of office on 19 July 2021 and also swore in as a member of the Parliament of Eswatini. He chaired his first cabinet meeting on the morning of 20 July 2021.[7]

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  1. ^ "Prime Minister & Minister for Parliamentary Affairs"
  2. ^ a b Government of Eswatini (16 July 2021). "King Appoints Cleopas Dlamini As Prime Minister". Government of Eswatini. Mbabane, Eswatini. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  3. ^ The Citizen Tanzania (17 July 2021). "Eswatini's King Mswati III appoints Cleopas Dlamini as new Prime Minister". The Citizen (Tanzania). Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  4. ^ Mbongiseni Dzimandze (19 July 2021). "Cleopas's Wife, Family Taken By Surprise" (via PressReader). Times of Swaziland. Mbabane, Eswatini. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  5. ^ Jason Burke (8 July 2021). "Eswatini Protests: 'We Are Fighting A Liberation Struggle'". The Guardian. London, United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  6. ^ News Agencies (16 July 2021). "King of eSwatini appoints new PM as anti-monarchy protests flare". Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  7. ^ Themba Zwane (20 July 2021). "Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini Chairs First Cabinet Meeting". Eswatini Bulletin. Mbabane, Eswatini. Retrieved 21 July 2021.

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Eswatini