Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro resigns

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Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro has resigned. This after his political party ABC lost the election. The new political party Revolution for Prosperity (RFP) won the heavily contested polls.

Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro has handed over his resignation letter to King Letsie the third. The King has accepted the letter and has requested Majoro to hold the fort until the swearing-in of the new Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the Revolution for Prosperity has formed a coalition government with the Alliance of Democrats and the Movement for Economic Change after it didn’t get an outright majority in the recent polls.

Meanwhile, the leader of Lesotho’s newly established Revolution For Prosperity party  (RFP), Sam Matekane, has successfully negotiated with two coalition partners to form a government.

The eight-month-old RFP won 56 out of the 120 seats in parliament but needed the support of other parties to reach the 60 plus-one seats required to form a government.

The two smaller parties, the Alliance for Democrats and Movement for Economic Change, say they are ready even under trying economic conditions.

Asked if they still insist on not using state cars, or government residences, Matekane says, “Indeed, I still maintain I have not flip-flopped. We are aware that government follows protocols. We will peruse the law, and seek council, but we maintain that things are done right. We wish to use our family cars, our own residences up until the matters of the economy look stable.”

In the next step, the national assembly will reconvene for the swearing-in of the new parliamentarians who will appoint the Prime Minister, who will then be inaugurated after being presented to the King. Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy and the king has no formal power.

Political Analyst, Dr Tlohang Letsie says the results of the poll seem to indicate a protest vote: