LESOTHO – Lesotho’s main opposition leader, Thomas Thabane, has won the Lesotho Elections 2017, but failed to gain an outright majority. He’s now working to form a coalition government.
Mr Thabane’s party won 48 of the 80 directly contested seats in the 120-strong parliament, the Independent Election Commission said.
His arch rival, current Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, secured only 30 seats in Lesotho Elections 2017.
Lesotho has experienced several coups since independence from Britain in 1966. There was no winner with a clear majority in the last election.
The ABC is expected to form a coalition with three other parties in a bid to obtain the 61-seat majority needed to form a government, Reuters news agency reports, quoting a joint statement by the parties.
The ABC, along with the Alliance of Democrats, the Basotho National Party and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho will band together to reach the 61-percent majority required, to form a government.
Meanwhile, Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday welcomed the news that the elections in Lesotho were largely peaceful and in line with African Union and SADC protocols on elections.
Ramaphosa urged all stakeholders to accept the outcome of the elections as announced by the IEC as “an expression of the democratic will of the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho”.
“The holding of democratic elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho underlines the determination of the people of the region and the continent to ensure good political and economic governance as part of the building blocks towards the renewal of the continent and the achievement of Agenda 2063 as a growth path for the entire continent,” said Ramaphosa.