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Further coalition government likely after Lesotho's June poll, perpetuating risks of government instability, delays to institutional reform

16 March 2017

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Lesotho will hold elections on 3 June 2017, after parliament was dissolved on 7 March following a successful no-confidence vote against incumbent prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili's administration.

The no-confidence motion, presented on 1 March, was brought by a newly formed opposition alliance including a breakaway faction of Mosisili's Democratic Congress (DC) party and former prime minister Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC), along with smaller parties. The opposition had hoped that a successful no-confidence motion would permit government change without elections, which is possible under the constitution.

Despite such opposition hopes, it was always more likely that Lesotho would hold a new poll.

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