Lesotho 2006

Yearbook 2006

Lesotho. According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Lesotho include Independence Day (October 4) and New Year (January 1). Domestic political temperature began to rise before the 2007 parliamentary elections. One of the government’s most influential members, Minister of Science and Communication Tom Thabane, resigned in October and formed a new party, the All Basotho Convention (ABC). 17 MPs followed him, making ABC the second largest opposition party. Three smaller parties decided to merge under the name Alliance of Congress Parties.

Just in time for Lesotho’s celebration of 40 years of independence, a new flag was introduced. It has the same colors – blue, white and green – as the last one used since a military coup in 1986. But the humpback and spear that were inlaid in the former flag has been removed; only the traditional, braided basotho hat remains as decoration. According to the government, it should symbolize that Lesotho is “a nation that lives in peace with itself and its neighbors”.