Lesotho Parliament to reconvene on Friday

OCTOBER 16, 2014

Lesotho’s King Letsie III will on Friday reconvene Parliament to discuss the budget and all other related matters, regarding the holding of the national General Elections scheduled for the end of February 2015.

“The reconvening of Lesotho’s Parliament by King Letsie III comes against the framework of the recently signed Maseru Facilitation Declaration (MFD) on 2 October, which was facilitated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and signed by all Lesotho’s political parties,” the Presidency said on Wednesday.

The Presidency said King Letsie III will set an exact date for the elections.

The Presidency added that the MFD further provided that Parliament is to be dissolved at the beginning of December this year, to prepare for next year’s general elections.

Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday arrived in Maseru, ahead of the reconvening of the country’s Parliament.

“During his visit, the Facilitator and Deputy President Ramaphosa will continue to be supported in his regional facilitation efforts by a team of SADC experts and members of the Secretariat from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe led by SADC Deputy Executive Secretary Dr Themba Mhlongo,” the Presidency said.

It added that Deputy President Ramaphosa and his team are expected to return to South Africa on Friday. - SAnews.gov.za