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2014-09-30 SA's Deputy President Arrives in Lesotho
[SAnews.gov.za]Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has arrived in Lesotho for his third visit aimed at mediating the political crisis in the kingdom, the Presidency said on Tuesday.

2014-09-30 Remarks By H.E. Ambassador Hu Dingxian At the Reception Marking the 65th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China
[Focac]May I start by paying my respect to H. M. King Letsie III and the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, and all protocols observed.

2014-09-29 South African, Lesotho Leaders to Discuss Political Crisis
[VOA]South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to meet with senior officials in Lesotho's coalition government Tuesday to try to help resolve political disagreements that have created tension and instability in the southern African kingdom, according to Khoabane Theko, Chief Whip of Lesotho's senate.

2014-09-29 SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to Return to Lesotho to Resume Facilitation
[South Africa]Pretoria -SADC Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will undertake a third visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho from Tuesday and Wednesday 30 September to 1 October 2014 to continue with his facilitation efforts on behalf of SADC to assist in bringing the country back to constitutional normalcy.

2014-09-23 Limbo in Lesotho - the Limits of South Africa's Soft Power
[Daily Maverick]It's been several weeks since the coup that wasn't in Lesotho, yet there's been little progress in unravelling the tense political stand-off there. This comes despite the best efforts of President Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who have both invested plenty of time and diplomatic capital in efforts to find a solution. SA's influence only stretches so far, apparently.

2014-09-22 Namibian Police Sent to Lesotho
[New Era]Windhoek -Namibia has sent 39 police officers to act as a contingent observer team in the political unstable Lesotho.

2014-09-23 SADC Leaves Nothing to Chance in Lesotho
[The Herald]Cape Town -Ramaphosa was speaking prior to his second visit to Maseru, capital of Lesotho on September 22-23 to pursue a regional mandate to help restore peace, stability and democracy in the country.

2014-09-21 Deputy President Ramaphosa Returns to Lesotho
[SAnews.gov.za]Deputy President and SADC facilitator, Cyril Ramaphosa, will return to Maseru on Monday for talks aimed at restoring peace, stability and democracy in Lesotho.

2014-09-19 Ramaphosa Encouraged By Lesotho's Patriotism
[SAPA]Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was encouraged by the deep sense of patriotism among Lesotho's political role players and their determination to help find a lasting solution to their challenges, Ramaphosa's office said on Thursday.

2014-09-18 Lesotho Election Date Expected
[SA Govt]Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will today travel to Lesotho to mediate in the political crisis after the leaders agreed to bring the country's election date forward from 2017, in an attempt to solve the impasse.

2014-09-18 PM Refuses to Reopen Parliament
[VOA]Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane will not re-open parliament as demanded by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), until a renegade army general is arrested and made to face justice, according to Thabo Thakalekoala, spokesperson for the prime minister.

2014-09-18 EFF Calls on Lesotho Prime Minister to Convene Parliament
[EFF]The Economic Freedom Fighters calls on President Zuma to recall the South African Police Services deployed in Lesotho with immediate effect.

2014-09-16 Back to the Polls for Lesotho
[allAfrica]Cape Town -Lesotho will hold early elections in a bid to end the nation's political deadlock.

2014-09-18 Cabinet Supports SA's Role in Lesotho
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -Cabinet has come out in support of the SADC Summit's resolutions which mandated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to act as a facilitator in Lesotho.

2014-09-17 African Press Review 17 September 2014
[RFI]Mugabe backs Putin. Lesotho is to have an early election. Nigerian soldiers are sentenced to death. Sierra Leone MPs are angry about media reports of misappropriation of funds destined to fight ebola.

2014-09-17 Lesotho's Streets a Jungle for the Deaf
[Namibian]NINA Morie (22) sits in a semicircle with friends as they play a game of cards, but he is annoyed by their lack of awareness.

2014-09-17 SADC Troika Communiqué
[The Herald]Communiqué of the Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government plus the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United Republic of Tanzania, Pretoria, South Africa, 15 September 2014

2014-09-16 SADC Statement on Lesotho & DR Congo
[SA Govt]COMMUNIQUE OF THE DOUBLE TROIKA SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT PLUS THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO AND THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIAPRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

2014-09-15 Regional Leaders Meet Amid Threat of Lesotho Violence
[allAfrica]Cape Town -Southern African regional leaders are holding a mini-summit on Monday amid fears that the political deadlock in Lesotho could lead to violence.

2014-09-16 SA to Lead Observer Mission to Lesotho
[SAnews.gov.za]Pretoria -A South African-led observer mission is to be deployed to Lesotho for three months with the hope that stability will prevail and enable the mountain kingdom to hold elections.

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