Lesotho

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INFORMATION

Capital: Maseru

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Current King: King Letsie III

Economy:

  • Relies heavily on remittances from Basotho employed in South Africa, customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and export revenue for the majority of government revenue.

Population: 2.2 million (UN 2014)

Land Size: 30,355 sq km (11,720 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Sotho: 99.7%
  • Europeans, Asians, and other: 0.3%
Religions:

  • Christian: 80%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 20%

Language(s):

  • Sesotho (official) (southern Sotho)
  • English (official)
  • Zulu
  • Xhosa

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Mar 9, 2017: Nation Not Ready for Elections, Says Former PM Thabane - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [News24Wire] Lesotho's former prime minister Tom Thabane says the mountainous kingdom is not ready for elections, citing security concerns.
  • Wed - Mar 8, 2017: King Dissolves Parliament, Elections Expected Soon - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [News24Wire] Lesotho's King Letsie has dissolved the mountainous kingdom's parliament, paving way for an election within three months, BBC Live said on Tuesday.
  • Thu - Mar 2, 2017: PM Mosisili Loses Vote of No-Confidence in Parliament - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Al Jazeera] Lesotho's prime minister has lost a no-confidence vote in parliament, deepening the political uncertainty in the mountain kingdom ahead of a snap election likely within three months.
  • Wed - Mar 1, 2017: The Bureaucratisation of Politicians in Lesotho - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Daily Maverick] Politically tense times, and the gunshots that accompany them, are growing more routine in Lesotho as it faces snap elections that are likely to lead its second coalition government - like its first - to an early demise. By CHARLES FOGELMAN.