Lesotho

New PM sworn in


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Thomas Thabane of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) was sworn in yesterday as the new Prime Minister of Lesotho.

Thabane is a former Principal Secretary for Health. From 1990 to 1991 he served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and again in 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2004 he was Minister of Home Affairs & Public Safety and in 2004 was appointed Minister of Communications, Science and Technology.

In 2006 Thomas Thabane resigned from the government of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and established the All Basotho Convention.

Following the general election on 26th May Mosisili’s party failed to gain enough seats to form a government and the ABC entered into a coalition with the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), the Popular Front for Democracy (PFD), the Basotho National Party (BNP) and Marematlou Freedom Party.

The formation of the new government will mark the first time that an opposition has unseated the governing party in the democratic history of Lesotho.

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