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Leabua Jonathan

The Tiscali Reference, which is based on the Hutchinson Encyclopaedia, says about
Chief Leabua Jonathan:
Lesotho politician. A leader in the drive for independence, Jonathan became prime minister of Lesotho in 1965. His rule was ended by a coup in 1986. As prime minister, Jonathan played a pragmatic role, allying himself in turn with the South African government and the Organization of African Unity."
He was a Lesotho politician. He was a leader, because he did have a certain amount of following, but perhaps we shouldn't be qualifying that with phrases such as "in the drive for independence." He did become prime minister of the freshly independent Lesotho but in 1966. His rule was ended by a bloodless military coup in 1986, and, yes, he allied himself in turn with the South African government and with the African National Congress. Not the Organization of African Unity. The Kingdom of lesotho became a member of the Organization of African Unity.