Lesotho. New elections in June led to the politically
unstable Lesotho getting a new government led by former
Prime Minister Tom Thabane. The election - the country's
third in five years - was announced after Prime Minister
Pakalitha Mosisili lost a vote in confidence in March when
several members of his party, the Democratic Congress (DC),
Countryaah.com, Thabanes Allbasothian Convention (ABC) formed a coalition
government with three smaller parties. Among other things,
he promised to restore law and order. Six opposition parties
said that election fraud had occurred.
In September, army chief Khoantle Motsomotso was killed
by two officers, who were in turn shot dead by the army
chief's bodyguards. The incident is believed to be linked to
the fact that the officers wanted to stop Motsomotso from
investigating alleged abuse and murder.
In October, former army chief Tlali Kamoli was arrested
and charged with murder of a police officer during the
failed coup attempt in 2014.
In November, the regional cooperation organization SADC
decided to send more than 250 soldiers to protect the
government of Thabane when dealing with suspected officers.