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Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane casts his ballot at a polling station on the outskirts of Maseru to vote in a snap election, six months after an attempted coup plunged the small southern African nation into a political crisis. (Hlompho Letsielo, A
Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane casts his ballot at a polling station on the outskirts of Maseru to vote in a snap election, six months after an attempted coup plunged the small southern African nation into a political crisis. (Hlompho Letsielo, A

Johannesburg - Lesotho on Tuesday inaugurated a new prime minister, who came to power by forming a coalition government after a special election meant to stabilize the small but politically fractious country.

Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was sworn into office in the capital Maseru where his supporters, clad in red and shaded by umbrellas, filled a sports stadium.

Mosisili took control after his party, the Democratic Congress, formed a coalition with several smaller parties to secure a majority after the 28 February election had no outright winner.

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