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Lesotho Opposition: Political Violence Unleashes ‘Reign of Terror’

“The June 2017 elections were supposed to soothe the troubled politics of Lesotho, a tiny enclave surrounded on all sides by South Africa. It was the third poll in five years, after two successive coalitions collapsed amid vicious infighting and meddling from the army. The third time was supposed to be the charm, as incoming prime minister Tom Thabane promised to swiftly enact reforms to loosen the military’s stranglehold on politics. But last week’s killing of the army chief by two of his subordinates has raised concerns that more instability is ahead. The recent arrest of a journalist who criticized the government and the shutdown of his radio station has made the situation more dire, critics of the government say.”

Source: Lesotho Opposition: Political Violence Unleashes ‘Reign of Terror’

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