Leaders of Lesotho
(Kingdom of Lesotho)
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Parties: ABC: All Basotho Convention; BNP: Basotho National Party; BCP: Basotho Congress Party; LCD: Lesotho Congress for Democracy; DC: Democratic Congress; n/p: non-party


Heads of State
King (Motlotlehi)
Moshoeshoe II            30 Apr 1965 - 10 Feb 1970 (+1996) (1)

Head of State (Tona-Kholo)
Joseph Leabua Jonathan   10 Feb 1970 -  5 Jun 1970 (+1987)  

Queen Regent (Mofumahali)
'MaMohato Lerotholi       5 Jun 1970 - 20 Nov 1970 (+2003)  

King
Moshoeshoe II            20 Nov 1970 -  6 Nov 1990 (+1996) 

Queen Regent
'MaMohato Lerotholi       6 Nov 1990 - 12 Nov 1990 (+2003)  

Kings
Letsie III               12 Nov 1990 - 25 Jan 1995          
Moshoeshoe II            25 Jan 1995 - 15 Jan 1996 (+1996)     

Queen Regent
'MaMohato Lerotholi      15 Jan 1996 -  7 Feb 1996 (+2003)  

King
Letsie III                7 Feb 1996 -                      

(1) Moshoeshoe II ruled as paramount chief from 12 Mar 1960 to 30 Apr 1965.


Heads of Government
Prime Minister
Joseph Leabua Jonathan    7 Jul 1965 - 20 Jan 1986 (+1987) BNP (2)

Chairmen of the Military Council
Justin Metsing Lekhanya  24 Jan 1986 -  2 May 1991         military
Elias Phisoana Ramaema    2 May 1991 -  2 Apr 1993         military 

Prime Ministers
Ntsu Mokhehle             2 Apr 1993 - 17 Aug 1994 (+1999) BCP
Hae Phoofolo             17 Aug 1994 - 14 Sep 1994         n/p (interim)
Ntsu Mokhehle            14 Sep 1994 - 29 May 1998 (+1999) BCP, LCD (3)
Pakalitha Mosisili       29 May 1998 -  8 Jun 2012         LCD
Tom Motsoahae Thabane     8 Jun 2012 - 17 Mar 2015         ABC
 Mothetjoa Metsing       31 Aug 2014 -  3 Sep 2014         LCD (acting for Thabane)
Pakalitha Mosisili       17 Mar 2015 -                     DC

(2) Ruler of an independent State only from 4 Oct 1966.
(3) PM Mokhehle broke with BCP and formed LCD as his own part in 1997.

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