PM and Cabinet resign


Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and his Cabinet have resigned after they failed to gain an overall majority in the general election on Sunday.

The Prime Minister’s Democratic Congress (DC) took just 48 seats in the 120 seat National Assembly and had little chance of forming a coalition with other parties.

Instead it looks as though the All Basotho Convention (ABC) of Tom Thabane which won 30 seats will form an alliance with the old ruling party, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) which won 26 seats and some smaller parties. The other parties likely to join the coalition are the Basotho National Party (BNP) with five seats, the Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) with three seats and the Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP) with one seat. That will give the new government a combined total of 65 seats in the new 120 seat parliament.

The new government is expected to be formed within 14 days.

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