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Assembly reconvenes on Friday
22 February 2017
are expected when the Lesotho National Assembly
reconvenes on Friday.
Opposition parties want the National Assembly to
carry a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister
before any other business in its first sitting.
However, Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing
says that can't happen as the motion will only be
filed after the House reconvenes.
Just over a week since three of these opposition
leaders returned home and they stand by their
intentions to change the government now.
All these MPs say they will support the motion. The
MPs say they have control of 74 out of 120 seats;
therefore, they have a substantial majority.
And they want their government of national unity to
be led first by Moleleki for 18 months then former
Prime Minister Tom Thabane for the following 18
However, Metsing, leader of the House in the
National Assembly has a different take.
“The business committee can only meet after the
house reconvenes to accept the motion, it cannot be
discussed on Friday,” says Metsing.
Metsing maintains even if the opposition wins the
vote of no confidence, the government will not step
Metsing states: “Because all of us must get a fresh
mandate to cross the floor, so elections are the
The government plans to advise the King to dissolve
parliament and call fresh elections.
The opposition says the country cannot afford
elections now, and the Prime Minister must step down
to save the country millions.
Friday 24th is the most anticipated reopening of
parliament in Lesotho.
The government says it has the constitution on its
side, the opposition says it has numbers.
Only the floor of parliament will decide who
prevails after Friday.
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