Lesotho coalition partners positive over 28 February polls


The meeting that took place in Pretoria last Monday expressed confidence that the climate for holding the elections on 28 February remained on course.

The Coalition Government of Lesotho led by Prime Minister Tom Thabane met Zuma, the SADC Troika Chairperson in the company of SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Lesotho’s coalition partners Deputy Prime Minister Mothejoa Metsing and Minister Thesele Maseribane.

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According to a statement issued by the Presidency, Zuma and his team were briefed on the current concerns in Lesotho regarding the security situation and violations of provisions of the Maseru Facilitation Accord as well as the Maseru Security Accord.

The coalition government also made requests for SADC to provide more support for the holding of elections in Lesotho.

Zuma emphasised the need for the facilitator, Deputy President Ramaphosa to return to Lesotho as soon as possible to address issues raised by the delegation of the Lesotho government.

President Zuma emphasised the need for all parties to act in a manner that help create a climate conducive for the holding of elections.

The coalition partners committed themselves to continue to act within the letter and spirit of decisions of the SADC Troika Heads and State and Government as part of efforts to help create peace and stability in Lesotho.

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The meeting also expressed its confidence in the ongoing facilitation work of the SADC Observer Mission to Lesotho under the leadership of Deputy President Ramaphosa. 

Lesotho is set to hold its early general elections following mediation in the aftermath of the 2014 political crisis.