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Lesotho Revolution for Prosperity party leader Sam Matekane (centre), Alliance of Democrats deputy leader Professor Ntoi Rapapa (L) and Movement for Economic Change leader Selibe Mochoboroane. Molise Molise/AFP via Getty Images

Lesotho elections: newcomers score impressive win, but politics will still be unstable

The new governing coalition enters office amid euphoria and excitement. There are great expectations it will end corruption and fix the ailing economy.
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) and his deputy Riek Machar shake hands in Addis Ababa to signify a peace deal in September, 2018. AFP via Getty Images

Kiir and Machar: insights into South Sudan’s strongmen

Kiir and Machar have been pivotal figures in most of South Sudan’s short history as an independent nation.
A soldier salutes during a recent Armed Forces Day parade in South Africa attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa. GCIS/Flickr

South Africa’s military is set for personnel reforms. Why it matters

The declining defence budget has eroded the operating and capital expenditure of the military, leaving insufficient funds for the replacement of equipment, maintenance, and infrastructure.
Tom Thabane, prime minister of Lesotho, during a recent visit to Ethiopia. Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Lesotho’s prime minister plays for time. But the end beckons

Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.

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