Lesotho's King Letsie III dissolves Parliament

Deputy Prime Minister Mothejoa Metsing says the monarch will announce the date for elections within four days.

Lesotho’s monarch, King Letsie III, dissolved the kingdom’s Parliament and called for elections, according to Deputy Prime Minister Mothejoa Metsing, who commented on state-owned Radio Lesotho.

The king will announce the date for elections within four days, Metsing said.

Opposition parties won a motion of no confidence in the government on March 1, forcing Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili to either advise the king to dissolve Parliament and call for elections, or resign and allow MPs to choose a replacement.

Mosisili came to power in March 2015, after cobbling together an alliance of seven parties that won 65 seats in the 120-seat Parliament. The coalition was dogged by infighting and the resignation of several Cabinet ministers.

Mosisili’s predecessor, Motsoahae Thabane, the leader of the All Basotho Convention, exploited the divisions and announced in November last year that he had struck a deal with other opposition parties to topple the government.

Lesotho has a population of about 1.9-million people and a $1.8-billion economy, according to International Monetary Fund data. The kingdom, which supplies water and labour to neighbouring South Africa and exports textiles and mohair, has a history of political instability and coup attempts. - Bloomberg

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