SABC News - Democratic Congress faction withdraws from Lesotho coalition govt:Friday 11 November 2016

Democratic Congress faction withdraws from Lesotho coalition govt

Friday 11 November 2016 05:50

Nthakoana Ngatane

Pakalitha Moleleki says at least 20 DC MPs support the move, and the leaves the coalition government with only 45 of the 120 seats of the national assembly.

Pakalitha Moleleki says at least 20 DC MPs support the move, and the leaves the coalition government with only 45 of the 120 seats of the national assembly. (SABC)

All eyes will be on the Lesotho National Assembly on Friday morning, after a faction of the National Executive Committee of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili's party, Democratic Congress -announced that it is withdrawing from the country's coalition government.

In a media briefing led by Deputy Leader Monyane Moleleki, Faction where Mosisili was absent, the party called on all its members who are ministers to resign forthwith.

After months of public clashes between factions of the prime ministers party and widespread speculation that the Deputy Leader Moleleki is forming a coalition with the opposition but Moleleki's faction has made its position clear.

Moleleki says at least 20 DC MPs support the move, and the leaves the coalition government with only 45 of the 120 seats of the national assembly, making it a minority.

The faction says the coalition has failed to uphold the rule of law, fight corruption, create jobs and grow the economy.

In spite of battle lines being drawn, the constitution has no provision for a party to recall a prime minister.

The Moleleki faction says it is not intending to call a vote of no confidence in Mosisili, but it will occupy cross benches in the national assembly that are neither government nor opposition, while negotiations get underway for a government of national unity.

After months of speculation, the cat is finally out of the bag, the biggest partner in the coalition government in Lesotho wants out of the coalition.  

The next move will come from the faction supporting the prime minister and all that is expected to play itself out in parliament when it reconvenes on Friday.


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