Lesotho prime minister quits

2012-05-30 14:42

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has resigned 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 today after he himself also relinquished his post.

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

Late yesterday afternoon, opposition parties 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 party, Tom Thabane, said that at least five parties would form an alliance giving them a majority of 64 seats in parliament.

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