1 September 2014

Lesotho: Leaders Agree to Reconvene Parliament

Photo: Aurecongroup
What's at stake for South Africa as the Basotho struggle to overcome their political differences - water from the Maluti Mountains for South Africa's industrial heartland.

Cape Town — The leaders of Lesotho's coalition government have agreed on a timetable for resuming sittings of the country's Parliament.

And the country's Prime Minister, Tom Thabane is reported in Maseru to be "coming home" after fleeing to South Africa when troops left their barracks at the weekend and briefly seized police facilities.

At the end of talks with southern African leaders in Pretoria on Monday, the coalition leaders and the region's security arm issued a joint statement saying the Basotho leaders would "expeditiously" implement a decision to "remove" a proclamation - initiated by the Prime Minister, Tom Thabane - to prorogue (suspend) Parliament for nine months.

The coalition leaders said they agreed on a "roadmap with clear timelines on how to remove the Parliament prorogation, which shall be submitted to the King [Letsie III]," the statement said.

It added: "The leaders further agreed to issue a joint statement appealing for calm and exercise restraint with a view to rapidly bring law and order back in the Kingdom."

Lesotho's latest political crisis was set off when Thabane, facing a vote of no confidence, suspended Parliament in June. After months of feuding within the coalition - particularly between Thabane's All Basotho Congress (ABC) and the second-biggest party, the Lesotho Congress of Democrats (LCD) - the LCD signalled its intention of instead forming a new coalition with the Democratic Congress of the last prime minister, Pakalitha Mosisili.

Unless the current coalition leaders reach a new rapprochement before Parliament sits again, the country could see a new coalition, headed by Mosisili, and with Thabane on the opposition benches.

Monday night's statement was issued by the "Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation" of the Southern African Development Community, chaired by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa. The full text is here >>

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 allAfrica.com. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

PM Returns to Lesotho After 'Coup' Chaos

What's at stake for South Africa as the Basotho struggle to overcome their political differences - water from the Maluti Mountains for South Africa's industrial heartland.

Prime Minister Tom Thabane, who fled the country when troops briefly seized police installations, has returned to Maseru following an agreement which could see the formation of a ... Read more »