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2015-03-24 Democracy Reigns - but Which Democracy, Exactly?
[ISS] On 28 February, citizens of Lesotho voted in parliamentary and presidential elections. These were snap elections, called two years ahead of time, and were designed to drag the country out of the political and constitutional crisis which had left its government crippled for the last year. They were meant to signal a fresh start for Basotho democracy - and, from the perspective of most observers, they did.

2015-03-24 Op-Ed - Lesotho's Continuing Criminal Cover-Up
[Daily Maverick] For better or worse, Lesotho has moved on last year's constitutional crisis. But how much do we really know about the attempted coup (or was it?) that sparked all the troubles on that fateful day in August last year?

2015-03-25 Zebras Host Likoena
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The national Under 23 team will face Likoena of Lesotho in a friendly match tonight (March 25) at the National Stadium at 7pm.

2015-03-20 Voters' Roll Non-Existent in Lesotho
[Parliament of South Africa] Voters' rolls are a perennial problem in Africa, the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation has heard on Wednesday. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) were briefing the Committee on elections in the Southern African Development Community (SACD) region, and particularly on the recent Lesotho elections outcome.

2015-03-19 Is South Africa the World's Most Generous Donor?
[SACSIS] The Southern African Currency Union (SACU) is most easily identifiable in Botswana's, Lesotho's, Namibia's and Swaziland's (BLNS) use of the South African Rand as the basis for their own currencies, albeit through printing their own versions of the rand. The currency union is now over a century old and the longest standing currency union in the world.

2015-03-19 We're Good Neighbours - Mphoko
[The Herald] Zimbabwe's tour of duty in fellow African countries is derived from good neighbourliness and not material gains as the country does not have an expansionist policy, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has said.

2015-03-16 PM Mosisili Steps Onto Lesotho's Merry-Go-Round
[allAfrica] Long-serving Basotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili returns to power on Tuesday, faced with an array of challenges including holding together a coalition government, handling the fallout from corruption charges against some of its key members, and dealing with politically polarised security forces.

2015-03-18 AU Commission Chairperson Congratulates New PM of Lesotho Following Peaceful Conduct of Elections
[African Union] Addis Ababa -The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, congratulates the newly appointed Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, H.E. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili, for assuming his new responsibilities on Thursday, 17 March 2015. The Chairperson applauds the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho for the peaceful, transparent and credible polls, as well as the coalition parties for forming the Government following the conclusion of National Assembly Elections held on 28 February 2015.

2015-03-18 Rapturous Welcome for VP Mphoko in Lesotho
[The Herald] VICE PRESIDENT Phelekezela Mphoko and his delegation received a rapturous welcome from thousands of Basuthu who were gathered at Sesotho Stadium for the inauguration of newly-elected Prime Minister Dr Pakalitha Mosisili yesterday. Vice President Mphoko, who was the first to arrive at the packed stadium, which was a sea of red and yellow colours, received thunderous applause as his motorcade drove into the stadium.

2015-03-18 Angolan Ambassador At Inauguration of Lesotho Premier
[ANGOP] Luanda -The Angolan ambassador to South Africa Josefina Pitra Diakite witnessed Tuesday in Maseru the inauguration of the Lesotho prime minister, Pakalitha Mosisili, leader of the Democratic Congress party that won the February 28 election.

2015-03-18 New Dawn for Lesotho
[] Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho for the exemplary manner in which they worked together in the past few months to find peace, stability and security.

2015-03-17 President Zuma, SADC Facilitator Visit Lesotho
[] Pretoria -President Jacob Zuma will today attend the inauguration of Prime Minister-elect Pakalitha Mosisili of the Kingdom of Lesotho, after receiving an invitation from the Majesty King Letsie III.

2015-03-16 President Zuma to Attend Inauguration of Lesotho Prime Minister
[] Pretoria -President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the inauguration of the Prime Minister-elect Pakalitha Mosisili in Lesotho tomorrow.

2015-03-11 Govt and Lesotho Aiming to Consolidate and Build on Existing Ties as New High Commissioner is Accredited
[Seychelles News Agency] Victoria -Strengthening existing relations between Seychelles and Lesotho and exploring new avenues for future collaboration to benefit the people of both countries.

2015-03-12 Commonwealth Special Envoy to Lesotho - Departure Statement
[Commonwealth] The Commonwealth Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Lesotho, Dr Rajen Prasad, visited the Kingdom of Lesotho from 3-11 March 2015 after the 28 February General Elections.

2015-03-12 Lesotho Polls - Deployed Cops Return
[The Herald] The 30 police officers who were recently deployed under the sadc observer mission to provide security and maintain peace during general elections in Lesotho on February 28 have returned home. The team from the Support Unit's Romeo Troop, which was among 305 officers from sadc, was led by Chief Superintendent Cosmas Mushore.

2015-03-10 New Parliament to Sit for First Time
[] Maseru -Lesotho's King Letsie III has summoned the newly elected Parliament to a special meeting on Tuesday which will signal the start of processes to install the new government following the country's elections held on 28 February.

2015-03-11 ANC Congratulates Lesotho On Elections
[ANC] The African National Congress joins the Southern African Development Communality (SADC), the African Union and other progressive international observer missions in congratulating the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho for conducting and participating in peaceful, transparent, fair and free elections. We further welcome the mediation and facilitation efforts of the SADC Mediator, South African and ANC Deputy President Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa and his collective, which culminated in a solution envisioned by the

2015-03-11 The Second High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho Accredited
[Government of Seychelles] The second High Commissioner of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the Republic of Seychelles, Mrs. Evelyn Mpho Malejaka Letooane presented her credentials to President James Michel this morning at State House.

2015-03-10 Three Arrested at Maseru for Possession of Abalone
[SAPS] Three suspects appeared before the Ladybrand Magistrates' Court 9 March 2015 facing charges of possession of abalone and possession of stolen motor vehicle after they were arrested on Friday evening 6 March 2015 at about 21:30.

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