الثلاثاء , يونيو 16 2020

Lesotho votes in snap elections

A resident casts her ballot for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in LesothoVoting at more than 2,000 polling stations began early on Saturday

Lesotho is voting in snap elections aimed at resolving tensions among the nation’s warring political factions.

About 1.2 million people are registered to vote in the poll.

Last year, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended parliament to avoid a motion that would have ousted him as head of the coalition government.

He later fled, saying he was the target of a coup attempt, after the military – known to have links to the opposition – attacked the police headquarters.

He soon returned escorted by South African police and is now contesting the election.

Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa, which played a key role mediating.

Another coalition is likely, analysts say.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane casting his vote in Lesotho's electionsPrime Minister Thomas Thabane has cast his vote

People queuing to vote in Lesotho's electionsAbout 1.2 million people are registered to vote

South African policeman observe at Lesotho's electionsThe Southern Africa Development Community regional group has sent security

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