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Global 21 fourth quarter 2015

Spotlight Lesotho ‘Coalition politics have afforded a unique opportunity’ Prime Minister Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili answers Global’s questions on Lesotho’s politics, the country’s economic growth and the AIDS epidemic Lesotho’s Prime Minister Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili has spent more than 13 years leading his country. He was returned to power in March this year after a three year stint in opposition that followed three terms as Prime Minister. He has degrees from universities in Canada, the USA and South Africa and worked as a teacher before entering politics. Mosisili, 70, left the Lesotho Congress for Democracy in 2012 to form the Democratic Congress. Global: Politics in Lesotho have been quite turbulent over the past couple of years. What do you think convinced the Basotho to return you to power at the general election? Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili: Many countries have experienced different shades of political turbulence in the past few years, and indeed Lesotho has not been an exception. But the level of turbulence experienced in Lesotho can in no way compare to what some countries experienced in other parts of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The results of the February 2015 elections in Lesotho caught us all by surprise – a most unexpected exit poll. But these results taught us all that we can no longer take the electorate for granted and wallow in the age-old belief that their support is guaranteed. The most important outcome of the election result has been the need to bring US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle with Pakalitha Mosisili and his wife Mathato at a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York four 14 l www.global -br ief ing.org th quar ter 2015 global


Global 21 fourth quarter 2015
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