Lesotho to hold early elections: Ramaphosa

By Drum Digital
02 October 2014

Lesotho's national general election has been brought forward two years to 2015, says deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Lesotho's national general election has been brought forward two years to 2015, South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

"His majesty King Letsie the Third will reconvene parliament on the 17th of October 2014," Ramaphosa told reporters in Maseru.    

"The sitting of the parliament will be limited to passing of a budget and to do all other related matters regarding the holding of early elections.

"National general elections will be held towards the end of February 2015 and on a date that will be determined by his majesty the king."

Ramaphosa was in the country as part of his Southern African Development Community mandate to facilitate talks and find a solution after an attempted coup by the military on August 30.

This resulted in Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fleeing to South Africa, and its parliament being closed.

-SAPA

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