Lesotho to hold general election on 3 June
Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosilili, who has been in power for two years, lost a confidence vote in parliament earlier this month.
MASERU – Lesotho's King Letsie III has set 3 June as the date for the general election, the prime minister said on Monday, a week after parliament was dissolved.
Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosilili, who has been in power for two years, lost a confidence vote in parliament earlier this month after several defections by ruling-coalition lawmakers to the opposition had badly weakened his support.
"The office of His Majesty has confirmed the date for General Elections as 3 June 2017 in Lesotho," Mosisili's office said in a statement.
Political analysts say Lesotho now faces a period of political instability. Its last two elections failed to produce a winner with a clear majority.
Lesotho, a mountainous, landlocked country of 2 million people surrounded by South Africa, has been hit by several coups since independence from Britain in 1966.