Eswatini government has denied reports that King Mswati has fled the country following clashes between security forces and demonstrators.

“I would like to take this opportunity to assure emaSwati and the international community that His Majesty King Mswati III is in the country and continues to lead in working with Government to advance the Kingdom’s goals,” a statement by acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku said.

The king was reported to have fled the country following clashes between the security forces and demonstrators protesting against the absolute monarchy in the southern African country.

Protests against the king who ascended to the throne 35 years ago, began at the weekend.

The demonstrators are calling for King Mswati to step down as part of democratic reforms, including free elections.

On Tuesday, the acting prime minister appealed for calm and restraint amid continued protests.

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