Lesotho

PM’s party wins


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Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s party, the Democratic Congress (DC), has won a majority of the constituency seats in the National Assembly of Lesotho following the general election on Sunday.

The Democratic Congress, which was formed in late 2011 by the prime minister after he broke away from the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), has won 41 of 80 seats. The All Basotho Convention (ABC) won 26 seats and the LCD won 12 seats. A smaller opposition party, the Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) retained the one seat it has held on to since 2002.

The final results of the election are still to be announced because there are a further 40 seats to be apportioned by proportional representation which may mean that the DC will have to form a coalition government with one of the other parties.

Mosisili left the LCD after they refused to endorse him for a further term. Although the number of seats held by the LCD has been drastically reduced in the general election it is hard to see how, after a bitter campaign which was marred by personal invective, they or the ABC would wish to be part of a government led by Mosisili.

We will have to await the results of the proportional split to see what numerical options lie ahead.

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