After Election, New Lesotho Coalition Unlikely to Tackle Needed Reform

Voters wait to cast their votes in Maseru, Lesotho, Feb 28, 2015 (AP photo).
Voters wait to cast their votes in Maseru, Lesotho, Feb 28, 2015 (AP photo).
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After last month’s election in Lesotho produced no clear winner, the opposition Democratic Congress formed a coalition with six smaller parties. In an email interview, Dimpho Motsamai, a policy analyst and researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, discussed Lesotho’s election. WPR: What are the political implications of the indecisive election outcome, both for the incoming government and Lesotho more broadly? Dimpho Motsamai: Lesotho’s government is formed on a constitutional requirement of a party winning 50 percent plus 1 of a total of 120 seats in the House of Assembly. The constitution also demands that a government […]

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