A handout picture released by South African presidency press office shows South Africa President Jacob Zuma(R) speaking with Lesotho's king Letsie III (L) at the Royal palace on September 9, 2014 in Maseru. AFP PHOTO/GCIS/Elmond Jiyane
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Lesotho's deadlocked political parties failed to meet a Friday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders.After promising South African President Jacob Zuma that they would decide by Friday when to re-open Lesotho's parliament, rival leaders failed to resolve a crisis sparked two weeks ago by an aborted coup.On Friday rival party leaders failed to patch up their difference, instead calling for the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) to step in.Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing's Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) party has been blamed along with Kamoli for the putsch.Many in Lesotho are traumatised by the events of 1998, when post-election violence prompted South African troops to intervene with SADC approval.
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