Factfile: Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili
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.