Lesotho heads towards fresh elections


Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no-confidence vote in the parliament yesterday evening. The prime minister and his Democratic Congress (DC) party have struggled to hold together a loose coalition since inconclusive elections held in 2015.

Recently there had been a number of defections to the opposition and last year the Alliance of Democrats (AD) also left the coalition.

The motion of no confidence also called on King Letsie III to appoint Monyane Moleleki as the next prime minister. Moleleki, who had been Deputy Leader of the Democratic Congress, formed the Alliance of Democrats party after he was thrown out of the DC party in early December last year.

Lesotho’s politics is febrile to say the least and it is most unlikely that the Prime Minister will hand over power within the three days he has been allocated. It is more likely that he will call fresh elections which are unlikely to produce a markedly different result to the hung parliament of 2015.

Elections must be held within three months of parliament being dissolved.

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