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Yearbook 1997

Lesotho. In February, soldiers from the government army were forced to intervene against police who made a mutiny in Lesotho's capital Maseru. According to Countryaah, the police, who were accused of murdering three colleagues in 1995, had entrenched themselves in a police house for a week and a half. They were arrested without any harm.

1997 Lesotho

In March, Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle was appointed leader of the ruling party Basotho Congress Party (BCP). He was accused of neglecting his duties. However, the Supreme Court decided in April to annul the decision, which meant that Mokhehle could stay at his post until party leader elections could be held. In June, however, Mokhehle announced that he would start a new party, The Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD). The leaders of the country's opposition parties condemned the formation of the new party and labeled it as a coup on the part of Mokhehle. The opposition also demanded that general elections be held as soon as possible. Despite political turmoil, Mokhehle could still remain as prime minister.

At the end of October, Letsie III was crowned king. The coronation took place at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru. However, he had already sworn office in 1996 since his father, King Moshoeshoe II, died in a traffic accident. Letsie also held the throne for a short time in the early 1990s when the father was forced into exile after a coup d'état.

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