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Ramaphosa: Early elections for Lesotho

General elections will now be held towards the end of February 2015.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa.

MASERU - Lesotho has brought forward 2017 elections by two years to try to resolve political tensions in the southern African country after an attempted coup in August, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

General elections will now be held towards the end of February next year, Ramaphosa, who has been mediating between rival political factions, told a news conference in the capital.

The king of the mountainous kingdom, which is completely surrounded by South Africa, will reconvene Parliament on 17 October Ramaphosa added.