Fact­file: Pakalitha Bethuel Mo­sisili

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Date of birth: 14 March 1945

Elected Tsoe­like MP in 1993 and im­me­di­ately ap­pointed Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion. Dr Mo­sisili was ap­pointed Deputy Prime Min­is­ter in late Jan­uary 1995, while re­main­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion.

On 20 July 1995, he was named Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, while re­main­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ter.

A new rul­ing party, the LCD, was formed in 1997 un­der the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter Ntsu Mokhehle as a split from the Ba­su­toland Congress Party.

On 21 Fe­bru­ary 1998, Dr Mo­sisili was elected leader of the LCD af­ter Mokhehle chose to step down due to poor health.

Af­ter his party’s victory in 1998, there were ac­cu­sa­tions of vote-rig­ging and mass protests from op­po­si­tion par­ties, which cul­mi­nated with their oc­cu­pa­tion of the grounds to the palace.

In the en­su­ing de­ba­cle which saw the army and po­lice com­plicit in an at­tempt to un­seat his gov­ern­ment, Dr Mo­sisili had to ask SADC for in­ter­ven­tion.

New elec­tions were even­tu­ally held in May 2002, which his party won.

In Fe­bru­ary 2012, Dr Mo­sisili formed the DC, but the party failed to gar­ner the out­right ma­jor­ity it needed to re­main in power.

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