Lesotho's outgoing PM accepts defeat

2012-06-07 12:06

Maseru - Lesotho's outgoing prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili has accepted defeat after his party failed to win a majority in parliamentary elections, which allowed the opposition to unite to oust him.

"The coalition was formed to oust us although we had actually won the election, but I have accepted this and will gladly advice the new leaders," Mosisili said late on Wednesday.

The three main opposition parties, the All Basotho Convention, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) and the Basotho National Party joined forces after no party won an outright majority in the closely fought 26 May elections.

Mosisili had been in power for the last 14 years.

But his Democratic Congress party was on Wednesday out-voted in the appointment of the speaker of parliament.

The leader of the main opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, Tom Thabane is set to be appointed as the new prime minister.

Thabane broke away to form his own party in 2006 after a dispute with Mosisili.

LCD leader Mothejoa Metsing opposed Mosisili's moves earlier this year to appoint a successor. That led to Mosisili leaving the party to set up his own movement.

Thabane's ABC performed strongly in the cities, reflecting dissatisfaction among urban voters with the outgoing prime minister.

But Mosisili enjoyed strong support in rural areas, which made up two-thirds of his party's constituencies.

  • Alan - 2012-06-07 12:31

    What's wrong with this guy? Didnt BOB teach him anything?

  • RObert - 2012-06-07 12:38

    Great achievement by Basotho I can't wait this happen in SA too.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-07 12:40

    You are a GREAT politcian. Mr Pakalitha Mosisili, Africa salutes you !!!

  • thabelorale - 2012-06-07 12:58

    This is good news for Lesotho. Let us hope the rest of African states will follow. An example of mature democracy.

  • edwardsch - 2012-06-07 13:54

    Got a job for you. You can start a school teaching other politicians that if you get beaten, you are required to leave office. Start with Uncle Bob and then take it from there. You should be in business for a long time. On the up side. Well done for not trying to use all and every devious means to try to remain in office. You are a breath of fresh air on this corrupt continent that we inhabit.

  • Florance - 2012-06-07 13:57

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