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Swaziland’s absolute monarch, King Mswati III,claims that God visited him over the weekend .

He says this resulted in unseasonal electrical storms in the country – and a new name for the country’s controversial political system.

“The lightning was flashing even though it was (a time of year) when there is usually no clouds or rain,” Mswati said when he opened a trade fair in Manzini on Saturday.

He said the storm was sent by God to accompany his vision.

Swaziland King Mwatsi III

Swaziland King Mswati III

The South African Weather Service interpreted it differently, reporting that a cold front from South Africa to the north colliding with warm air from the Mozambique Channel had created thunderstorm conditions in Swaziland.

“As I was wondering at this (weather), I saw the new name of the Swazi government,” Mswati told a rapturous audience.