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

  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Ruling Party Faction Plans Protests Against Acting Chief Justice - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] The incoming chairperson of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) Samuel Rapapa has accused the Acting Chief Justice, 'Maseforo Mahase, of being a stooge of unnamed senior government officials who have allegedly ordered her to delay finalising the case in which the February 2019 election of the new ABC's national executive committee (NEC) is being challenged by some ABC ministers.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Alliance of Democrats in Flames As Litjobo, Phamotse Clash - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] Serious infighting has erupted within the Alliance of Democrats (AD) after the party spokesperson, Thuso Litjobo, has lambasted the party's secretary general Mahali Phamotse for allegedly sabotaging the party and the governing coalition.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Chief Theko Demands Thabane's Ouster - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] Prime Minister and All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Thomas Thabane should be immediately recalled from his government and party posts, the Thaba-Bosiu Principal Chief, Khoabane Theko, has demanded.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Flour Mills Licence Controversy Sucks in Ministers - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] The country's largest milling company, Lesotho Flour Mills (LFM), is embroiled in fresh controversy after it emerged yesterday that its contract of its major shareholder, Seaboard Overseas and Trading Group, had been renewed without cabinet approval. The former Minister of Trade and Industry, Tefo Mapesela, yesterday alleged that Seaboard continued to employ the transfer pricing method to avoid paying the government dividends.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Court of Appeal Suspension 'Shocks' Justice Minister - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] The saga surrounding the suspension of the April 2019 session of the Court of Appeal took a new twist this week with the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Mokhele Moletsane refuting claims by the Acting Registrar of the High Court Pontso Phafoli, that the apex court was suspended due to lack of funds for its operations.