MASERU Cheap Kids Saucony Shoes , Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Voters in Lesotho went to the polls on Saturday for an early election designed to end a political impasse in the kingdom.
Lesotho has been in political turmoil since June last year when Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended Parliament to avoid a vote of no confidence that was being pushed by his coalition government partners.
In late August last year, a coup to oust Thabane was thwarted.
The vote is being held about two years ahead of schedule under a political deal brokered by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Twenty-four parties are vying for support among the 1.2 million registered voters in the country, which is surrounded by South Africa.
These include Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC), his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing's Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the smaller Basotho National Party (BNP), which form the coalition government.
The SADC has launched its Election Observer Mission (EOM) to ensure a free and fair election in the kingdom.
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He voiced confidence in the elections, saying all conditions for the holding of free and fair elections have been met.
The elections, he said, "will be held under peaceful condition - - within provisions of the electoral and constitutional laws of Lesotho and the SADC Guidelines and Principles for the holding of free and fair elections".
"We were encouraged by the huge turn-out of the masses of the people of Lesotho at electoral political rallies which took place under peaceful conditions and within the framework of the SADC facilitated Electoral Pledge," said Ramaphosa.
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Preliminary election results are expected on Sunday and the final ones by Thursday.
Tension has been mounting in Lesotho in the runup to the elections. Early this month, a security guard of Thabane was killed and two soldiers wounded in a shooting incident.
Rival political parties have accused each other of formenting tension before the elections.
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The baby is healthy and is being cared for very well by her mother, Liang Liang, and handlers at Zoo Negara, Malaysia's national zoo, Wan Junaidi added.
A video provided by the zoo showed a zoo keeper measuring the cub as it was constantly crying. The baby panda was born on Jan. 14, but its gender could not be determined earlier as its protective mother has not allowed keepers to take it away for inspection.
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The couple pleaded not guilty to all charges during a brief hearing before Judge Michael Donner, who ordered each defendant to remain held on $12 million bail and set the next hearing in the case for Feb. 23.
Neither defendant, both dressed in dark street clothes, spoke during the proceedings. The husband could be seen sitting hunched over the defense table with his hands in his lap.