Lesotho deputy PM Moleleki accepts formation of new coalition

Maseru – Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki said he and his party, the Alliance of Democrats (AD) have accepted the collapse of the country’s four-party coalition and formation of a new one.

Speaker of the National Assembly Sephiri Motanyane has given the country’s new coalition up to 22 May to nominate a new prime minister and finalise its working agreement.

Tom Thabane is currently the caretaker prime minister while Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro is expected t be sworn in by 22 May.

Motanyane has accepted an agreement between Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) and the opposition Democratic Congress (DC). Moleleki agreed that the numbers have spoken.

“ABC has 52 and DC has 26. That’s a total of 78. So they can form government alone or invite other parties if they choose.”

The AD said it was ready to join the coalition.

This coalition has meant that Thabane and all MPs of his ABC caucus had to mend their relationship in time to sign the new agreement, amid threats by the rival faction that if Thabane didn’t agree to the pact, he would be removed unceremoniously.

Majoro is getting ready to appoint his cabinet.

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