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Lesotho to hold general election on June 3


Lesotho’s King Letsie III has set June 3 as the date for the general election, the prime minister said on Monday, a week after parliament was dissolved.

“The office of His Majesty has confirmed the date for General Elections as 03 June 2017 in Lesotho,” Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s office said in a statement.

Lesotho’s Prime Minister on Wednesday, deepening political uncertainty in the southern Africa kingdom.

Prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili of the Demoractic Congress (DC) who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament early this month has headed a coalition government since the ouster of former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s All Basotho Congress (ABC) two years ago.

The law makers voted in favour of replacing Mosisili with Monyane Moleleki whose Alliance of Democrats party split from the Democratic Congress last year.

The king is a constitutional monarch who plays mainly a ceremonial role in the landlocked southern Africa Kingdom.

Mosisili has been in power for the last two years and has seen his support base weaken as the ruling coalition was dogged by infighting and the resignation of several cabinet ministers.

Entirely surrounded by South Africa, the country of about 2 million people has suffered several coups since independence in 1966.

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