to be dissolved ahead of elections
4 December 2014
will be dissolved on Friday to prepare for elections
in February, it was announced on Wednesday.
The news came after the ninth visit to the kingdom
by South African Deputy President Cyril , who is
also a facilitator appointed by the Southern African
Development Community (SADC).
Ramaphosa met with Lesotho King Letsie III, Prime
Minister Thomas Thabane and other key stakeholders
involved in the political crisis in the kingdom.
As a result of the visit, all stakeholders agreed to
dissolve Parliament on Friday.
The Gazette dissolving Parliament is out, Thabane
"The Gazette is official, the date has been set, and
it will be announced by the king," said Thabane.
The Lesotho cabinet reportedly has approved a
200-million-rand (about 18-million-U.S.-dollar)
budget for the elections.
Ramaphosa started his two-day visit to Lesotho on
Monday, with the aim of helping create peace and
stability in the kingdom.
Since appointed as facilitator following an abortive
coup in Lesotho in late August, Ramaphosa has been
trying to create a climate conducive for the holding
of the elections scheduled for February 2015 on a
date to be set by King Letsie III.
The king is expected to announce the specific date
of the elections on Friday, according to Thabane.
The decision to hold early elections arose from
decisions by SADC Heads of State and Government
summits held earlier this year with a view to help
return Lesotho political normalcy and stabilization
of the security situation.
This was ratified by all Lesotho's political parties
who signed the Maseru Facilitation Declaration
facilitated by the SADC Observer Mission led by
Pushed by the mission, substantive progress has been
made with the signing of both the Maseru
Facilitation Declaration and the Maseru Security
These resulted in the reconvening of parliament in
October 2014, the dissolvement of parliament in
December 2014, the agreement to hold elections in
Lesotho has been in political turmoil since June
when Thabane suspended Parliament to avoid a vote of
no confidence that was being pushed by his coalition
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