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    Lesotho Government - 2004
    http://www.immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/lesotho/lesotho_government.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Kingdom of Lesotho
      conventional short form: Lesotho
      former: Basutoland

      Government type:
      parliamentary constitutional monarchy

      Capital:
      Maseru

      Administrative divisions:
      10 districts; Berea, Butha-Buthe, Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru, Mohale's Hoek, Mokhotlong, Qacha's Nek, Quthing, Thaba-Tseka

      Independence:
      4 October 1966 (from UK)

      National holiday:
      Independence Day, 4 October (1966)

      Constitution:
      2 April 1993

      Legal system:
      based on English common law and Roman-Dutch law; judicial review of legislative acts in High Court and Court of Appeal; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      Suffrage:
      18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: King LETSIE III (since 7 February 1996); note - King LETSIE III formerly occupied the throne from November 1990 to February 1995, while his father was in exile
      head of government: Prime Minister Pakalitha MOSISILI (since 23 May 1998)
      cabinet: Cabinet
      elections: none; according to the constitution, the leader of the majority party in the Assembly automatically becomes prime minister; the monarch is hereditary, but, under the terms of the constitution, which came into effect after the March 1993 election, the monarch is a "living symbol of national unity" with no executive or legislative powers; under traditional law the college of chiefs has the power to determine who is next in the line of succession, who shall serve as regent in the event that the successor is not of mature age, and may even depose the monarch

      Legislative branch:
      bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (33 members - 22 principal chiefs and 11 other members appointed by the ruling party) and the Assembly (120 seats, 80 by direct popular vote and 40 by proportional vote; members elected by popular vote for five-year terms); note - number of seats in the Assembly rose from 80 to 120 in the May 2002 election
      elections: last held 25 May 2002 (next to be held NA May 2007)
      election results: percent of vote by party - LCD 54%, BNP 21%, LPC 7%, other 18%; seats by party - LCD 76, BNP 21, LPC 5, other 18

      Judicial branch:
      High Court (chief justice appointed by the monarch); Court of Appeal; Magistrate's Court; customary or traditional court

      Political parties and leaders:
      Basotho Congress Party or BCP [Tseliso MAKHAKHE]; Basotho National Party or BNP [Maj. Gen. Justine Metsing LEKHANYA]; Lesotho Congress for Democracy or LCD [Phebe MOTEBANO, chairwoman; Pakalitha MOSISILI, leader] - the governing party; Lesotho People's Congress or LPC [Kelebone MAOPE]; United Democratic Party or UDP [Charles MOFELI]; Marematlou Freedom Party or MFP and Setlamo Alliance [Vincent MALEBO]; Progressive National Party or PNP [Chief Peete Nkoebe PEETE]; Sefate Democratic Party or SDP [Bofihla NKUEBE]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      NA

      International organization participation:
      ACP, AfDB, AU, C, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, ISO (subscriber), ITU, NAM, OPCW, SACU, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Molelekeng E. RAPOLAKI
      FAX: [1] (202) 234-6815
      telephone: [1] (202) 797-5533 through 5536
      chancery: 2511 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Robert G. LOFTIS
      embassy: 254 Kingsway, Maseru West (Consular Section)
      mailing address: P. O. Box 333, Maseru 100, Lesotho
      telephone: [266] 312666
      FAX: [266] 310116

      Flag description:
      divided diagonally from the lower hoist side corner; the upper half is white, bearing the brown silhouette of a large shield with crossed spear and club; the lower half is a diagonal blue band with a green triangle in the corner


      NOTE: The information regarding Lesotho on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Lesotho Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Lesotho Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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