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The Lesotho Congress for Democracy is a political party in Lesotho.

Lesotho Congress for Democracy
LeaderMothetjoa Metsing
FounderNtsu Mokhehle
Split fromBasutoland Congress Party
HeadquartersBonhomme House, Maseru
Social democracy
Political positionCentre-left
International affiliationSocialist International (observer)
ColorsBlack, Red, Green
SloganTruth, Justice, Peace
'Nete, Toka, Khotso
National Assembly
11 / 120
Party flag
LCD Lesotho flag.gif

In 1997, Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhehle left the Basutoland Congress Party to form with his faction the new Lesotho Congress for Democracy. The new party won the 1998 elections with 60.7% of the popular vote and 79 out of 80 seats. Pakalitha Mosisili became the new party leader and prime minister. At the elections for the National Assembly, 25 May 2002, the party won 54.9% of popular votes and 77 out of 120 seats. In the 17 February 2007 parliamentary election, the party won 62 out of 120 seats.[1]

Major splits from the party occurred in October 2001, when leading LCD members Kelebone Maope and Shakhane Mokhehle left the party to form the Lesotho People's Congress and in October 2006, when Tom Thabane left the party to form the All Basotho Convention.[citation needed] Prior to the Lesotho general election, 2012 the party split again with incumbent Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili forming the Democratic Congress and General Secretary Mothetjoa Metsing taking over the party leadership.[2]


  1. ^ "Lesotho: 2007 National Assembly election results", Electoral Institute for Sustainable democracy in Africa (African Democracy Encyclopaedia Project), February, 2007.
  2. ^ [1] Archived July 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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