On the 28th of February 2015, Lesotho held parliamentary elections. The elections were brought forward more than two years earlier than scheduled due to political tensions and security concerns in the country. The Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) is thankful that the election process went smoothly. International observers declared the elections to be free and fair. The Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL), of which the LECSA is a member, had worked and prayed very hard for this electoral process to take place peacefully. The churches and their members give thanks to God for prayers being answered!
The election results are shown in the table below. As in 2012 parliamentary elections, no one party captured a majority of the 120 seats. Therefore, once again, a coalition government will be holding power in Lesotho. The new coalition, which has 65 seats, has chosen Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili of the Democratic Congress party to be the new Prime Minister of Lesotho. Dr. Mosisili previously served in this capacity during the period 1997-2012. He is expected to be sworn in on Tuesday the 17th of March 2015. The current Prime Minister, Dr. Thomas Thabane of the All Basotho Convention, is expected to lead the opposition which has 55 seats.
The results are as follows: (CAPITAL LETTERS = Coalition Partners)
DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (DC) 47 seats
All Basotho Convention (ABC) 46
LESOTHO CONGRESS FOR DEMOCRACY (LCD) 12
Basotho National Party (BNP) 7
POPULAR FRONT FOR DEMOCRACY (PFD) 2
Reformed Congress of Lesotho (RCL) 2
NATIONAL INDEPENDENT PARTY (NIP) 1
MAREMATLOU FREEDOM PARTY (MFP) 1
BASOTHO CONGRESS PARTY (BCP) 1
LESOTHO PEOPLES CONGRESS (LPC) 1
Total Seats in Parliament 120
SEATS HELD BY COALITION PARTNERS 65
Seats Held by Opposition Parties 55