Lesotho. According to
CountryAAH, Prime Minister Tom Thabane's position was
questioned during the year - both by the opposition and by
forces within his own party, the Allbasothian Convention
(ABC). Parliament was kept up to date for several periods.
The purpose, according to critics, was that Thabane wanted
to prevent a vote of no confidence in him. The veteran
politician was accused, among other things, of having his
wife participate in government decisions.
Rival factions have been in open conflict since Deputy
Party Chief Nqosa Mahao won a vote in February in which a
number of Thabanetrogens were allowed to step down from
Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the mighty neighboring
South Africa, tried to persuade the rival parties to
initiate talks and made an agreement in July.
Like many of the neighboring countries in southern
Africa, Lesotho was under pressure. The United Nations World
Food Program, WFP, warned in September that a third of the
rural population risked acute food shortages. The crisis was
categorized as a third on the five-degree scale used by WFP
and other aid organizations.