South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as a facilitator of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), arrived in Maseru on Monday to attend the inauguration of Lesotho’s Prime Minister- elect Pakalitha Mosisili.
Mosisilli, who emerged as the leader of the winning coalition, will be inaugurated on Tuesday.
The inauguration is expected to be attended by SADC Heads of State and Governments including the Chairperson of the SADC Troika Organ on Politics Defense and Security, South African President Jacob Zuma who is expected to deliver a message of support on behalf of the regional body, Zuma’s office said.
Lesotho held parliamentary elections on February 28 and the opposition parties emerged as winner in the elections.
The elections were held two years ahead of schedule under a political deal brokered by the SADC in a bid to end a political impasse that started in June last year when Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended Parliament to avoid a vote of no confidence that was being pushed by his coalition government partners.
The elections were an integral part of SADC efforts to help bring about peace and stability in the country. In this regard, the SADC mission to Lesotho under the leadership of Ramaphosa facilitated the signing of the Maseru Facilitation Accord and the Maseru Security Accord among political and security role players respectively in Lesotho.
The two accords where part of the SADC’s road map towards the stabilisation of the politico security situation in the country.
The Democratic Congress (DC), led by Mosisili, and the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), led by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, formed a coalition government with several other opposition parties after the elections. In the coalition government, Mosisili will be the prime minister while Metsing will be his deputy.
Outgoing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) lost the elections after the allocation of seats in Parliament.
Mosisili previously had served as Lesotho’s prime minister from May 1998 to June 2012. Enditem