n Journal for Contemporary History - Operation Boleas under microscope, 1998-1999

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Lesotho held its elections on the 23rd May 1998 under the auspices of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), headed by Advocate Sekara Mafisa. The newly formed Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) unexpectedly won 79 out of 80 constituencies. Unexpectedly, because LCD was a relatively new party in Lesotho's political scene and more importantly because the emergence of this party triggered an unprecedented bitterness among political elite and the electorate alike which had a cumulative effect of casting a thick cloud of doubt over its performance in the elections race.

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