Lesotho: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About the location, history, size, population, and government of the country Lesotho.

LESOTHO

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Location--Medallion-shaped country in Africa's southeast corner, totally surrounded by the Republic of South Africa.

How Created--Former British Protectorate of Basutoland, became an independent constitutional monarchy in 1966.

Size--11,720 sq. mi. (30,355 sq. km.).

Population--1,250,000: Sotho and Nguni, 99.7%; European, mixed, and Asian, 0.3%. 38.7% Roman Catholic, 24.3% Lesotho Evangelical, 18.2% Animist, 10.4% Anglican, 8.4% other.

Who Rules--King is head of state; Prime Minister heads the Government. Two-house Parliament makes the laws, theoretically.

Who REALLY Rules--When it appeared that he was going to lose the nation's 1st election, Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan invalidated the election and suspended the constitution and Parliament. The Government of South Africa wields a strong influence.

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