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The Kingdom of Lesotho
Lesotho
Basutoland

Maseru
Butha-Buthe, Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng, Mohale's Hoek, Quthing, Qacha's Nek, Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka.
30,355 km2
lowest 1388m; height 3482m

 

Executive Branch



Head of State |

 

His Majesty King Letsie III

Head of Government |

 

The Right Honourable Dr.Pakalitha Mosisili



Legislative Branch


Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (33 members – 22 principal chiefs and 11 other Senators nominated in that behalf by the King acting in accordance with the advice of the Council of State) and the Assembly (120 seats, 80 by popular vote and 40 by proportional vote; members elected by popular vote for five-year terms)
 

Useful Words and Phrases in Sesotho


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Excuse me —
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Help! —
No —
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Please —
What is the time? —
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How much is this? —
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Khotso (literally ‘peace) or lumela
Khotsong or lumelang
Kena ka khotso
Kenang ka khotso
Ntsoarele
Kea leboha
Thusa!
Chee
Ee
ka kopo / ako.../...hle
Ke nako mang?
Lebitso Ia hau u mang?
Lebitso Ia ka ke
Ke bokae?
Hobaneng
 

 

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