MBABANE, Swaziland (AP) — Government officials in Swaziland say salary spending by the government will rise to $528 million, despite the country's weakened economy.
Finance Minister Majozi Sithole said Monday that would be roughly a $23 million increase year-over-year.
The majority of Swaziland's revenues come from customs fees, something economists warn remains an unstable funding source for the tiny nation.
Swaziland, a kingdom enveloped by South Africa, has been struggling with economic problems for more than a year.
Those economic problems have fueled calls for government reform in the southern African country, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarchy. But the government's brutal response to protests, and reluctance among some tradition-minded Swazis to challenge King Mswati III, have smothered a larger pro-democracy movement