Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Mayoro resigns – SABC News

Lesotho Prime Minister Moeketsi Mayoro has resigned. This after his political party ABV lost the elections. The new political party Revolution for Prosperity (RFP) won the hotly contested election.

Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro submitted his letter of resignation to King Letsie the Third. The king accepted the letter and asked Majoro to hold the fort until the new prime minister was sworn in.

Meanwhile, the Prosperity Revolution formed a coalition government with the Alliance of Democrats and the Movement for Economic Change after failing to win an outright majority in recent polls.

Meanwhile, the leader of Lesotho’s newly formed Revolution for Prosperity (RFP) party, Sam Matekane, is negotiating successfully with two coalition partners to form a government.

The eight-month-old RFP won 56 of the 120 seats in parliament, but needed the support of other parties to reach the 60-plus-one seats needed to form a government.

The two smaller parties, the Alliance of Democrats and the Movement for Economic Change, say they are ready even in tough economic conditions.

Asked if they still insist on not using government cars or government residences, Matekane says: “Indeed, I still maintain that I have not released flip flops. We are aware that the government follows protocols. We will review the law and seek advice, but we maintain that things have been done correctly. We want to use our family cars, our own homes, as long as things in the economy look stable.”

In the next step, the National Assembly will reconvene for the swearing-in of the new parliamentarians, who will appoint the Prime Minister, who will then be inaugurated after being presented to the King. Lesotho is a constitutional monarchy and the king has no formal authority.

Political analyst Dr Tlohang Letsieh says the poll results seem to indicate a protest vote:

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