Lesotho Parly speaker agrees to establish new coalition government

Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki’s Alliance of Democrats has also submitted its interest to be part of that coalition.

FILE: A picture taken in Maseru, on 31 January 2020 shows the flag of Lesotho outside the Parliament building. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho National Assembly Speaker Sephiri Motanyane has accepted an agreement between Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s All Basotho Convention and opposition Democratic Congress to form a new coalition government.

Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki’s Alliance of Democrats has also submitted its interest to be part of that coalition.

Motanyane has now declared that government is in transition.

And he adjourned the house for the coalition to nominate a successor for Thabane.

Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro was the agreed candidate but he will be confirmed following a meeting of the parties when the House resumes.

It’s now likely Thabane will no longer be prime minister by the end of the day.