New Lesotho Coalition Government to be Inaugurated on March 17, 2015

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The Prime Minister - Elect of the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr. Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili MP

Following National Assembly Elections held on the 28th February 2015, a new Coalition Government is expected to be inaugurated in Maseru on Tuesday 17th March. Lesotho had to go for an early election under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mediation led by the facilitator His Excellency Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa.

The final results announced by the Lesotho Independent Electoral Commission on Wednesday March 4th, showed none of the 23 political parties that contested the elections winning a majority of the 120 parliamentary seats:

  • The Democratic Congress (DC) of former Prime Minister Dr Pakalitha Mosisili won 37 constituencies and a total of 47 seats;
  • The All Basotho Convention (ABC) of the out-going Prime Minister Dr Thomas Thabane managed to win 40 constituencies and 46 seats;
  • The Lesotho Congress for Democracy of out-going Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Mothejoa Metsing won 12 seats with two constituencies;
  • the Basotho National Party led by Chief Thesele Maseribane won seven (7) seats and one constituency;
  • Parties that won two seats each were the Popular Front for Democracy (PFD) and the Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL).
  • Four parties that won one seat each were the Marematlou Freedom Party (MFP), National Independent Party (NIP), Basutoland Congress Party (BCP) and the Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC).

Ten political parties are therefore represented in the ninth Parliament of the Kingdom of Lesotho. In a press briefing on March 5th, leaders of the DC, LCD, MFP, NIP, BCP and LPC – later joined by the PFD – announced an intention to form a coalition government.

When the ninth Parliament convened on the 10th March, a Member of Parliament (MP) for the DC, Hon. Ms. Ntlhoi Motsamai MP was elected Speaker of the National Assembly and Mr. Montšuoe Lethoba of the LCD was elected Deputy Speaker. This is considered as confirmation that the DC-led coalition enjoys the support of the Majority of Members of the National Assembly, a condition considered necessary and sufficient for its leader to be considered Prime Minister Designate. It is therefore expected that Honourable Dr Pakalitha Bethuel Mosisili MP, who had been Prime Minister from 1998 to 2012 will be inaugurated as the new Head of Government of Lesotho on Tuesday 17 March 2015. 

13 March 2015 - Lesotho Embassy

Hlalele High School teachers visit Ireland

A team of three teachers from Hlalele High School in the Maseru District is currently in Ireland as part of the School’s exchange programme with Portmarnock Community School under the auspices of Action Ireland Trust. Their visit follows a recent visit to Lesotho by the Trust earlier this month. Today the team, which is led by the school Principal Mrs. Malerato Molise, paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador of Lesotho to Ireland H.E. Mr. Paramente Phamotse.

Hlalele HS visit

Ambassador Phamotse with the teachers from Hlalele High School and Mr. Niall Fitzgerald from Portmarnock Community School at the Embassy of Lesotho                    

The team will head back to the Mountain Kingdom on the 05 March 2015.

25 February 2015

Lesotho National Assemby Elections 2015

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The Kingdom of Lesotho will be going for National Assembly Elections on the 28th February 2015. This follows the dissolution of the 8th Parliament in December 2014 and the subsequent announcement of the Election Date by His Majesty the King. Twenty one (21) political parties and some independent candidates will compete for 120 National Assemby seats. According to the National Assembly Electoral Act of 2011, only stipulated persons may apply to be Advance Electors and their applications should reach the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Maseru by the 11th January 2015. Those who will be permitted as Advance Electors, mainly public officials who will be on official duty on the election date, will be allowed to cast their advance votes on the 21st February 2015. Those persons who will have been approved as Advance Electors by the IEC after the 11th January, and who will have stated the Lesotho Embassy in Dublin as their preferred voting station will be notified to present themselves for voting on the 21st February 2015, in line with the Electoral Act. For more information on the Lesotho National Assemby Elections 2015, visit the Lesotho IEC Website by clicking here.

From Head of Mission - Lesotho Embassy Dublin

4th January 2015

Embassy participates in the Africa-Ireland Economic Forum and the Norwegian African Business Summit.

 

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Dublin once again took part in the Africa-Ireland Economic Forum (AIEF) and the Norwegian African Business Summit (NABA) in Ireland and Norway respectively on the 30 October 2014. One of the primary objectives of the two events was to promote trade relations between African countries and the host countries. The AIEF was officially opened by the Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation Mr. Seán Sherlock, TD while the keynote address at the NABA was delivered by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende.

During their speeches, both Ministers acknowledged the positive relations and growing trade links between their countries and Africa. Most importantly, they challenged the participants to change their perceptions about Africa and to take advantage of available opportunities in the continent for their benefit and for the benefit of Africa.  

Minister of State

Minister Seán Sherlock, TD during the AIEF in Ireland     

Minister of Foreign Affairs                               

Minister Børge Brende during the NABA Summit in Norway

 

05 November, 2014

                                           

 

WORKING VISIT TO NAMIBIA BY THE LEADERS OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF LESOTHO

 

 PRESS STATEMENT ON THE WORKING VISIT TO NAMIBIA BY THE LEADERS OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF LESOTHO


At the invitation of H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia and the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, the leaders of the Coalition Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho paid a Working Visit to Windhoek, Namibia from 30th-31st July 2014.

The delegation of the Coalition Government comprised The Right Honourable The Prime Minister Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, leader of the All Basotho Congress (ABC); Hon. Mothetjoa Metsing, the Deputy Prime Minister, leader of Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD); and Hon. Joang Molapo, Minister of Home Affairs, representing the leader of the Basotho National Party (BNP). The Honourable Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho, was part of the delegation.

H.E. President Pohamba was accompanied by the Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Foreign Affairs. H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the Executive Secretary of SADC was also in attendance.

The working visit was a follow-up to the discussions that H.E. President Pohamba held with the three Lesotho Coalition Government partners in Maseru, the Kingdom of Lesotho, from 12-13 June 2014. The consultations were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere.

The Coalition Government partners informed President Pohamba that since their last meeting in Maseru, considerable progress has been made towards ensuring the smooth functioning of the Coalition Government, which is the first experience in the history of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

The Coalition Government partners reaffirmed their commitment to move expeditiously to address the outstanding issues, with the aim to enable the coalition government to serve the best interest of the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

President Pohamba expressed his deep appreciation, on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to the Coalition Government partners for the leadership they have provided despite the current challenges. President Pohamba encouraged the Coalition Government partners to continue to work together in good faith, unity and harmony.

The Coalition Government partners expressed their gratitude to H.E. President Pohamba for the sterling leadership he has provided as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, and in particular for assisting the parties in the Coalition Government towards a finding lasting solution to the challenges facing the Coalition Government.

The Right Honourable The Prime Minister, Dr. Motsoahae Thomas Thabane, expressed appreciation, on behalf of the Coalition partners, to H.E. President Pohamba, the Government and people of the Republic of Namibia for the warm hospitality extended to his delegation during their visit.

31 July 2014
Windhoek, Namibia

 

THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS VISITS IRELAND

 The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, the Honourable Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa has been on a two day working visit in Ireland from the 30 June to 01 July, 2014. The main purpose of the visit was to declare Lesotho’s commitment to the existing bilateral relations between Lesotho and Ireland.

The Honourable Minister met with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr. Eamon Gilmore TD (Member of Parliament) as well as the Minister of State for Trade and Development Mr. Joe Costello TD.

 

              

The Hon. Minister M. Tsekoa and H.E. Mr. Gilmore TD.         The Hon. Minister and Mr. Costello TD.

During the deliberations, His Excellency Mr. Gilmore assured the Honourable Minister that the closure of the Irish Embassy in Maseru will not affect the longstanding fraternal relations existing between the two countries and that it will not diminish the current development assistance that Ireland has been providing to Lesotho since the 1970s. He also assured the Minister that although the Embassy is closing down, the physical presence of Irish Aid will be maintained in Lesotho through at least one Irish official.

In response, the Honourable Minister highlighted the proud partnership road travelled by the two countries particularly in the areas of education, health, rural development and governance, where Lesotho benefited the most. He also expressed hope that circumstances permitting, the Irish Government will consider reopening the Embassy in Lesotho in future. He remained optimistic that the nearly completed Lesotho Country Strategy Paper will be approved by both Governments in August 2014 in order to enable implementation of priority projects funded by the Irish Government.

The Honourable Tsekoa also met representatives of Action Ireland Trust and Action Lesotho, which are Irish based NGOs having development projects in Lesotho.

 

     

The Hon. Minister and members of Action            The Hon. Minister, Ambassador Phamotse and
Ireland Trust                                                               represetatives of Action Lesotho

                                                                                         

The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations was accompanied by the Ambassador of Lesotho to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Paramente Phamotse and the Director for Europe and Americas Ms. Itumeleng Rafutho.

 

03 July 2014

 

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