n Conflict Trends - Constitutional & political reforms in Lesotho

Volume 2001, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Lesotho's path to democracy has often been difficult and uncertain. The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1966, and adopted a constitutional monarchy with a First-Past-The Post (FPTP) electoral system. The first democratic election was held in 1965. Although the general administration of the electoral process did not encounter serious hiccups, the election outcome delivered a minority government in favour of the Basotho National Party(BNP), which won only 42% of the total valid votes.

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