Political Crisis Looms in Lesotho as Ruling Party Splits

Plagued by years of political instability, Lesotho appears headed for another crisis after a split in the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC). This comes after Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro fired three ministers and a deputy. Nqosa Mahao, the justice minister and deputy leader of the ruling ABC, said he would break away to lead a new party called the Basotho Action Party. On April 23, Mojoro said the nation's monarch, King Letsie III, accepted his recommendation that Mahao, the police minister, forestry minister and deputy health minister be removed from office with immediate effect. Mahao said that Prime Minister Majoro, who's been in office since May 2020, lacked the parliamentary majority needed to continue governing and doesn't have the power to execute a cabinet reshuffle.

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