Lesotho. According to
countryaah, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili resigned in
February as leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy
(LCD), which was shaken for a time by severe contradictions.
The veteran politician formed a new party, the Democratic
Congress (DC), and could remain with the support of 45 MPs.
At the May 26 election, DC became the largest party with
48 of Parliament's 120 seats, far from the necessary
majority. Mosisili resigned after 14 years as head of
government. Tom Thabane from the opposition party
Allbasothian Convention (ABC) formed an alliance with four
parties, including LCD, a party he himself had resigned from
in 2006. In June, King Letsie III appointed Thabane as prime
minister. Thabane is also responsible for the defense and
Election observers from the African Union (AU)
characterized the election as free and fair.
Another year with bad harvests, among others. the staple
corn maize contributed to the country's disaster authority
and the United Nations Food Agency WFP in November appealing
to aid donors for food aid.
Eight men from Mozambique and South Africa were sentenced
to 15 years in prison for participating in the 2009
assassination attempt at the then Prime Minister Mosisili.
The referee said they appeared to have been tiles in a game.
Murder charges were written off.