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Encyclopedia > South African intervention in Lesotho

The South African Defense Force Invasion of Lesotho, codenamed Operation Boleas, was a military invasion launched by the South African government in 1998 into the neighbouring country of Lesotho to quell a suspected coup. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... A coup détat, or simply a coup, is the sudden overthrow of a government, usually done by a small group that just replaces the top power figures. ...


In March of 1998, parliamentary elections in Lesotho resulted in an overwhelming majority for the ruling Lesotho Congress for Democracy Party, which won 79 out of 80 seats. However allegations of vote fraud soon surfaced, and after a failed lawsuit by the opposition parties, widespread rioting broke out. Politics of Lesotho Categories: Politics stubs | Lesotho political parties ...


The Nelson Mandela administration in South Africa (the nation which completely landlocks Lesotho) announced it would hold a formal inquiry to determine the allegations of corruption. Controversially, the report only alleged minor irregularities. Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, (born July 18, 1918), was the first democratically elected President of South Africa, having previously been a prominent anti-apartheid activist there. ... A landlocked country is one that has no coastline. ...


On September 22, 1998 Mandela allowed for a deployment of some 700 South African troops into Lesotho to quell the rioting and maintain order. Botswanan soldiers were also deployed. The operation was described as a "intervention to restore democracy and the rule of law."


Widespread arson, violence and looting occurred despite the SADC soldiers. Troops were pulled out in May of 1999 after 7 months of occupation. This article is about the month of May. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


The capital city of Maseru was gutted, rebuilding is still continuing as of 2004. Maseru (also Masero) is the capital of Lesotho. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


 
 

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