After Three Elections in Five Years, Lesotho Hopes for Reforms and Stability

Lesotho’s former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, casts his vote during a previous election, Maseru, Lesotho, Feb. 28, 2015 (AP photo).
Lesotho’s former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, casts his vote during a previous election, Maseru, Lesotho, Feb. 28, 2015 (AP photo).
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Last week, the political party of Thomas Thabane, a former prime minister of Lesotho, won the most seats in national elections and made plans to form a new coalition. Thabane has been a central figure in his Southern African country’s political turmoil in recent years, and he now faces a host of challenges, including trying to hold members of the security forces responsible for past crimes while striking a compromise on constitutional reforms. In an email interview, Samuel Severson, who is currently on a Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Lesotho and is pursuing a doctorate in history at Yale University, describes the […]

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