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Lesotho to reconvene parliament, paves way for fresh polls

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

The King of Lesotho, Letsie III is set to pronounce an election date for the country. PHOTOS: Gov.ls

This follows wide consultative meetings which were being facilitated by South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa under the auspices of the SADC Troika.

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Ramaphosa, in a SADC Troika communique said the sitting of parliament will be limited to the passing of a budget and all other related matters regarding the holding of elections.

“National General Elections will be held towards the end of February 2015 and on a date to be set by His Majesty,” said Ramaphosa.

Lesotho’s parliament will be dissolved at the beginning of December 2014 to prepare for the holding of the general elections.

“All political parties represented in parliament are called upon to recognise their responsibility to the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho, to respect the Constitution, uphold democratic principles and secure the restoration of peace and of political stability and security in the Kingdom of Lesotho,” read the statement.

“All the citizens of the Kingdom of Lesotho, including non-governmental organisations, all other role-players, traditional, civic and religious are called upon to support this critical endeavour for the restoration of peace and political stability and security in the Kingdom of Lesotho.”

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The Ramaphosa-led facilitation followed the SADC Troika meeting held in Pretoria.

The decisions of the Organ were subsequently endorsed during the SADC Summit of Heads of States and Government held in Victoria Falls in August 2014.

This was built upon decisions of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security meeting held in Windhoek under the leadership of the Namibian president, Hifikepunye Pohamba.

The political crisis in Lesotho was largely attributed to 2012 inconclusive elections that produced a coalition government.

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