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CIA --The World Factbook -- Lesotho


CIA -- The World Factbook -- Lesotho is an authoritative resource on Lesotho. At least everyone seems to quote it or refer to it. Type Lesotho in the Google search box and that's the first link of the list. But watch out for the mistakes, most of them harmless.
Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966 [--True]. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990 [--True, but his title was Moshoeshoe II]. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after 23 years of military rule [--It wasn't military rule. There was a Prime Minister at the helm, and a full cabinet, and a bevy of village chiefs. The military was backing them up by force]. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody South African military intervention [--Actually South Africa and Botswana sent in troops]. Constitutional reforms have since restored political stability [--That's how it's looking so far. The battle is not even half won, though]; peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002 [--True].