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Polls open in Lesotho's highly contested elections

Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 00:55

Lesotho goes to the polls only two years after the previous general election. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Voters in Lesotho braved the winter cold to cast their ballots as the mountainous kingdom held a general election on Saturday (June 3), only two years after the previous general election. The landlocked country, surrounded by South Africa, has had King Letsie III as head of state since 1996, but political leadership has been volatile in recent years with the last two elections failing to produce a winner with a clear majority. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, who has been in power since 2015, lost a confidence vote in parliament in March after several defections. Mosisili's main rival, All Basotho Convention head Thomas Thabane, governed from 2012 until 2015. Thabane cast his ballot mid-morning at the Makhoakhoeng polling station in the capital Maseru. The small nation of 2 million people has been hit by several coups since independence from Britain in 1966, and voting commenced with an army presence on Saturday.

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Polls open in Lesotho's highly contested elections

Saturday, June 03, 2017 - 00:55