Lesotho. According to Countryaah.com, Lesotho population in 2020 is estimated at 2,142,260. Severe contradictions between Prime Minister Tom Thabane and other parties in the government coalition characterized the year. A serious crisis erupted in June when the Lesotho Democratic Congress (LCD) coalition party threatened to trigger a vote of confidence. Thabane suspended Parliament. At the end of August he fled to South Africa and pleaded for help to strike down an alleged coup attempt. Military was reported to have shot at police stations but denied it was a coup. The unrest is believed to have been linked to Thabane trying to replace the army chief, who refused to resign.
Thabane returned in early September under South African protection. The SADC Regional Cooperation Organization has appointed South Africa’s Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa to mediate. The parties agreed in early October to continue government cooperation and hold new elections in February 2015, two years earlier than planned. The rival chiefs of the army and the police would also be on leave until the new election.