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Lesotho elections under way aimed at resolving tensions


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.

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