LESOTHO READIES FOR ELECTIONS AFTER PARLIAMENT IS DISSOLVED

Just days after Lesotho prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no- confidence vote in parliament, Lesotho monarch has dissolved the national assembly and called for elections.

Deputy prime minister, Mothetjoa Metsing, told state-radio on Tuesday, that King Letsie III, will announce the date for elections within four days. An election must be held within three months of parliament being dissolved.

“We are here to announce that His Majesty has accepted the prime minister’s advice to dissolve parliament and the nation will be updated on an election date within four days,” he said.

The king is a constitutional monarch who plays mainly a ceremonial role in the landlocked southern Africa Kingdom.

Mosisili has been in power for the last two years and has seen his support base weaken as the ruling coalition was dogged by infighting and the resignation of several cabinet ministers.

Mosisili of the Democratic Congress(DC) has headed a coalition government since the ouster of former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Congress (ABC) two years ago, following a snap election that was called in an effort to end Lesotho’s power struggles.

The law makers voted in favour of replacing Mosisili with Monyane Moleleki whose Alliance of Democrats party split from the Democratic Congress last year.

According to media reports, the prime minister has three days to either resign in favour of Moleleki or advise King Letsie III, to call snap elections which would be held within three months.

Lesotho’s big brother South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc have repeatedly called for peaceful political reforms in the country.

The last two elections have not produced a winner with clear majority.

The land-locked southern Africa nation of two million people is among the world’s poorest and has been hit by several coups since independence in 1966.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK