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: 1,962,461 (2018)

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

Major Ethnic 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

  • Sun - Apr 5, 2020: Finance Minister Majoro Says He is Ready to Take Over - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] Finance minister Moeketsi Majoro, who was recently unanimously chosen by All Basotho Convention (ABC) legislators to succeed Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, says he is ready to take over when the veteran leader eventually retires.
  • Wed - Apr 1, 2020: Fragile African Health Systems Face COVID-19 Catastrophe - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [allAfrica] By March 31, Africa had 5,431 confirmed cases of COVID-19 , with almost a quarter (,1,353) in South Africa, followed by 656 in Egypt and  584 in Algeria.
  • Thu - Mar 12, 2020: Mofomobe, Mochoboroane in Nasty Fight Over Treason Claims - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] A nasty war of words has broken out between Basotho National Party (BNP) deputy leader Machesetsa Mofomobe and opposition Movement for Economic Change (MEC) leader Selibe Mochoboroane over the latter's allegations that Mr Mofomobe and BNP leader Thesele 'Maseribane instigated the treason charges against him.
  • Thu - Mar 12, 2020: Editor's Shooting Trial Fails to Take Off Again - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] The trial of soldiers accused of the July 2016 attempted murder of Lesotho Times editor Lloyd Mutungamiri failed to take off at the Maseru Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
  • Thu - Mar 12, 2020: Mohapi, Leuta Qualify for World Pump Track Championships - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] MOSITO Mohapi and Khothalang Leuta on Saturday booked their spots at the UCI Red Bull Pump Track finals at the Lesotho qualifiers in Roma.