The Thomas Thabane-led coalition government collapsed after three of the four coalition partners including Mr. Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) pulled their support on Monday.
While accepting the news of the coalition government’s collapse, National Assembly speaker Sephiri Motanyane went on to adjourn parliament for two weeks until 22 May 2020, within which period, according to Mr. Motanyane, a new administration will be formed and a new Prime Minister sworn in.
The speaker also said that the Prime Minister, Mr Thabane remains in charge as the interim Prime Minister until the transition is completed. The country’s constitution says that the National Assembly speaker has to inform King Letsie III of parliament’s intention to form a new government and name a new Prime Minister.
In a statement posted on the government’s official website, Communications Minister Mr. Maseribane said the Prime Minister will report the matter to the Council of State so that it can give direction on the a way forward.
Mr. Thabane’s party, the ABC and the opposition Democratic Congress have agreed that Finance Minister, Dr Moeketsi Majoro takes over from the embattled Prime Minister and be deputised by Mathibeli Mokhothu who is the Democratic Congress leader.
The outgoing coalition government is made up of the following parties:
- All Basotho Convention (ABC), led by The outgoing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane
- Alliance of Democrats (AD) led by outgoing Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki
- Basotho National Party (BNP), led by outgoing Communications Minister Thesele Maseribane and
- Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL), led by outgoing Labour and Employment Minister Keketso Rantšo.
The new agreement to form a coalition government is between the ABC and the DC, though it is also supported by a number of smaller parties including the BNP and RCL. The proposed coalition could comprise of about 10 parties.
The veteran leader survived being ousted on Friday after a faction of 33 parliamentarians from his party were joined by 26 members from the opposition Democratic Congress in a bid to vote him out. They however, failed to garner the required 61 votes needed to remove the Prime Minister.