Lesotho Military

Lesotho 1997

Lesotho is a country located in Africa. According to AbbreviationFinder, LS is the two-letter ISO code of Lesotho, and LSO is the three-letter country abbreviation for Lesotho.

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 national day of Lesotho is October 4. 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.

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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’├ętat.

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The former British protectorate of Basutoland has a population of 1,577,536 according to the 1986 census (rising to 1,806,000 according to a 1991 estimate). Almost all of the population belongs to the Bantu ethnic group. The few European residents are government officials (after independence, Lesotho has maintained its membership of the Commonwealth), traders and missionaries. In relation to the poverty of the territory, the density of the population is high, living largely concentrated in the rural villages of the western area. The capital, Maseru, the only town in the country connected by rail to the South African line Bloemfontein-Durban, had 109,382 residents. in 1986. Administratively the Lesotho is divided into ten districts.

The country’s economy is conditioned by the primary sector: in 1990 it contributed 20% to the formation of the gross national product but housed 80% of the workforce. The per capita income was (1990) less than $ 500. Agriculture produces modest quantities of corn, sorghum, wheat, legumes, mainly intended for self-consumption, and some livestock products, which provide the only goods for export (mohair, wool, live cattle). Given the narrowness of the internal market, there are no industrial activities, except for a few diamond mines, exploited by South African companies, however with modest yields. Finally, a large part of the gross national product is represented by remittances from emigrants to South Africa;