Lesotho Parties Face Elections in Disarray

All of Lesotho's political parties are unprepared for the election due this year, but the polls should go ahead, writes AllAfrica guest columnist Tšoeu Petlane.

Women collect water from a communal tap in the village of Ha Rantismane in the mountains of Lesotho.

  • Lesotho:  Ruling Party Splits Ahead of Election

    Southern Africa Report, 9 February 2012

    Months of immobilising factionalism in the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) finally split the party this week. read more »

  • Lesotho:  Economy Catches Flu - From South Africa's Sneeze

    Africa Renewal, 24 January 2012

    For decades the mountain kingdom of Lesotho has relied heavily on South Africa to advance - until now. South Africa's economic difficulties are placing Lesotho's economy at a ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Ruling Party Unravels Ahead of Polls

    Southern Africa Report, 29 September 2011

    Lesotho's ruling centre-right Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) has managed to hold together ahead of local government elections on October 1, but its show of unity is unlikely ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  A Customs Union to Prevent Failed States

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 18 August 2010

    Increasing strains on a century-old, five-nation southern African customs union is raising questions as to whether the sovereignty of its poorest members - Lesotho and Swaziland - ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Region Ready to Partner With Lesotho

    BuaNews, 13 August 2010

    South Africa has committed to helping Lesotho graduate from its least developed country status to that of a developing country. read more »

  • Lesotho:  African Peer Review Mechanism - Deteriorating Country has a Steep Mountain to Climb (opinion)

    Business Day, 19 April 2010

    ROCKETS are reverberating around the mountains of Lesotho over reports in SA that it is about to lose its sovereignty and become the 10th province of SA. The event that gave rise ... read more »

  • Southern Africa:  SADC Troika Calls for Lesotho 'Road Map'

    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique, 23 February 2010

    The summit of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) Defence and Security Troika, held in Maseru on Sunday and Monday, wants Lesotho to draw up a "road map" to monitor ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Prime Minister Attacked

    allAfrica.com, 22 April 2009

    Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was the victim of an assassination attempt on Wednesday, according to the chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Lesotho's Lessons for the ANC on Forming New Parties (opinion)

    South African Institute of International Affairs, 10 October 2008

    Following Thabo Mbeki's abrupt resignation as South African president last month, there has been much speculation about the possibility and desirability of a new political party ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Masire Negotiates Peace in Lesotho

    Mmegi/The Reporter, 5 July 2007

    Former Botswana President, Sir Ketumile Masire, returned from Lesotho on Monday satisfied that negotiations between the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Former Military Leader Plans Election Protest

    UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, 21 February 2007

    Maj-Gen Justine Metsing Lekhanya, formerly chairman of the military council that ruled the country for five years, now leader of the Basotho National Party (BNP), is threatening to ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Peace in the Country

    Business Day, 22 February 2007

    FEARS of unrest in Lesotho following yesterday's release of the general election results dissipated somewhat after the opposition called on its supporters not to resort to ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Lesotho Contestants Must Accept Poll Results

    Mmegi/The Reporter, 20 February 2007

    Last Saturday, close to a million Basotho voters participated in what has so far been viewed as peaceful elections. The incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili called a snap ... read more »

  • Lesotho:  Ruling Party Set for 75 Percent of Seats

    Southern African News Features, 21 February 2007

    The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) was declared as the winner of the 2007 general elections, winning most of the 80 contested constituencies in a 17 February poll. read more »