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Dr Motsoahae Thabane Sworn in as Lesotho's New Prime Minister

Today, Friday, 16 June, 2017, Thomas Motsoahae Thabane was inaugurated as Prime Minister of Lesotho, following the June 3 election in which the party he leads, ABC, won 48 seats and put him in the lead to negotiate a majority coalition with AD, BNP and RCL.

 For Lesotho, 2017 was a remarkable year: the outgone Prime Minister Mosisili suffered the first ever vote of no confidence on 1st March, 2017, but subsequently called a snap election in which his support and that of his 6 supporters plummeted, hence his handover of the baton today.

    The Right Hon. The Prime Minister
 Thomas Motsoahae Thabane

 Basotho expressed their views very clearly in their vote which favored opposition parties. Their message was equally clear during the inauguration: they booed Prime Minister Mosisili and also the openly partisan Bishop Taaso, who was not able to deliver and complete his sermon. There were other quirks accompanying the celebration: the new Prime Minister walked along with his co-leaders to greet the public rather than driving in the vehicle prepared for him alone. The Lesotho public service is behind in realizing that coalition governments are here to stay.

                          Government Hand Over Process  

 Another, was the ABC trademark tractor which today spotted "potoana" and a coffin in LCD colors. What grand comedy--this was not on the program, off course. We hope it is taken as lightly as it was humorously presented.

 The Prime Minister's speech is posted elsewhere on this site. Briefly, it promised the restoration of rule of law, justice, strong democratic institutions, reconciliation, as well speedy recovery of the economy.

 Ntate Thabane, we congratulate you on your headship of government and Godspeed Ntate. Basotho's expectations are extraordinarily high. We know you are committed to bettering the lives of all Basotho, without discrimination.

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Dr Motsoahae Thabane ABC Leader on TV Lesotho April 2017 Dr Motsoahae Thabane Journey From ABC Office To IEC 19 April 2017


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