Prime Minister Fired via SMS

By Deane Barker on April 23, 2004

Monarch sacks PM by text message: Even the mighty fall, this time by pager message.

The practice of breaking bad news by text message is a growing trend as people increasingly shun face-to-face confrontation. In the most unusual instance of such an act to date, the King of Swaziland has sacked his Prime Minister in 160 characters or less.

King Mswati of Swaziland has enraged local lawmakers after it emerged he instructed his attorney general to fire Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini by SMS text message.