Lesotho prime minister resigns

2012-05-30 15:43

Maseru - Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili resigned on Wednesday after his party failed to secure an outright majority in parliamentary elections, the former government secretary said.

"The prime minister has just resigned," former government secretary Tlohang Sekhamane told journalists after he himself also relinquished his post.

Mosisili would announce his decision in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Sekhamane added.

Mosisili's resignation follows a disappointing show in polls on Saturday, where his Democratic Congress (DC) won only 48 seats in the 120-seat parliament, of which 41 are directly elected and seven awarded by a proportional representation system.

Opposition parties late on Tuesday formed a coalition to form a new government excluding his party in the mountainous constitutional monarchy surrounded by South Africa.

The leader of the main opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, Tom Thabane, said that at least five parties would form an alliance giving them a majority of 64 seats in parliament.

  • taole.stawie - 2012-05-30 16:00

    He did us pround by doing so

  • Jackson - 2012-05-30 16:12

    Tsamae Hantle Ntate, you have done the correct thing. 3 terms in office was enough, now just to get back the millions u have been given by the Chinese

      thedisi.s.monaheng - 2012-05-30 16:26

      Rea mo lebohela, tsela tshweu!

      thedisi.s.monaheng - 2012-05-30 16:26

      Rea mo lebohela, tsela tshweu!

  • sfuty - 2012-05-30 16:20

    Great news, new coalition gvmnt in Lesotho

  • tumelo.mokomeng - 2012-05-30 16:26

    Pack and go!!!!! Good news for Lesotho and Basotho.

  • africa.deblanc - 2012-05-30 16:29

    I hope this will make most of the people in Lesotho to sleep at night!

  • Mankisa - 2012-05-30 16:32

    Thirst for a long longed change urged us to vote dis time. Its been so many yrs of job hunting 4graduates. We jst kip our fingers crossed dat sth ve comes. Bye mccd its been a long harsh road

  • mpontseng.pamaletsoela - 2012-05-30 16:40

    Tsoara mmila lepantsola, you would never become a lifetime PRIME MINISTER. Remember that Lesotho and Basotho are embraced in the love of God for we are a constitutionally Christian nation.

      teboho.e.mojakisane - 2012-05-31 21:28

      people who follow mccd are all fools!

  • Ntshebo - 2012-05-30 16:44 last..we are now free....ka nnete rea o lebohela ntate..tsa mo phomola ka khotso..

  • tkhauli - 2012-05-30 16:56

    Well done ntate, iphomolele ka khotso.

  • sebata.tsiu - 2012-05-30 17:44

    guys dnt u see dis plot?nw da King has to decide who shud be da prime minister nw,remember king's budget was raised frm 4 million 2 8 million..dnt u see dis?Mahaltere is da next PM guys.

  • cmatsoso1 - 2012-05-30 18:33

    At last, the most heaviest load in the lives of Basotho has been droped! Basotho as the christian nation should greatly thank God about this! Bon Voyage Pakalitha Bethuele Mosisili!

  • seleb.dmatch - 2012-05-30 18:44

    news24 has got it all wrong. The prime minister did not resign because he has lost elections, he has resigned because the results of the past elections have been publicised and he has to resign ang to hand over to a new prime minister. Secondly the opposition parties have not formed government, they have signed a memorandum of understanding to do the same. government cannot be formed without a parliament. Currently ther is no parliament, once there is one then we could talk of a possible government. The former ruling party of mosisili has two weeks to seek avenues of gaining support to have a 61seat majority. Remember that floor crossing is allowed at dis point and some mps may be tempted to cross the floor and join the Dc. ALL IN ALL HE RESIGN AS OF PRINCIPLE AND PROCEDURE HE HAS BEEN GIVEN TIME TO FORM GOVERNMENT

  • sekhutsoane.f.mohau - 2012-05-30 19:15

    Nxa! rest in peace Superman. U r a one of Basotho Heroes, everywhere in Lesotho "mccd"! Tired of u.

  • Zwn - 2012-05-31 08:08

    e seng ka Tona-Kholo ea rona

  • Zwn - 2012-05-31 08:58

    Khauhanang le batho ba nang..

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