UN commends Lesotho for peaceful elections

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United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres has congratulated the people of the Kingdom of Lesotho on the conclusion of a peaceful National Assembly election.

In a statement issued today through his spokesperson (Stéphane Dujarric) Guterres said he commends the work of the Independent Electoral Commission in organizing the election and the role played by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in assisting the Kingdom of Lesotho to ensure a peaceful political environment.

“The Secretary-General highlights the importance of now focusing attention on the implementation of SADC decisions on further strengthening democratic governance and stability and reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to support the Kingdom of Lesotho in this regard,” the statement from the UN says.

In the election opposition All Basotho Convention (ABC) won a majority vote followed by the ruling Democratic Congress (DC). The ABC immediately went into coalition with four other parties, bringing a total parliamentary representation of 64 seats out of 120 available – thereby passing the 61 seat threshold needed to form a government.

The new MPs are expected to be sworn in by King Letsie III on Monday and a new government thereafter.

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