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In Lesotho, military and politics make a dangerous mix

When rival officers gunned down Lesotho's army chief and were then killed by his bodyguards, hopes that the mountain kingdom had escaped its cycle of violence also perished. The shoot-out this week at a military barracks in the capital Maseru underscored the struggle between the military and politicians over who is in control. Elections in June were meant to be a fresh start after years of efforts by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional group to strengthen democratic governance in the tiny nation engulfed by South Africa.
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