Mosisili formed a coalition government two weeks ago and its partners, especially South Africa, will be hoping that the new government is able to stabilise the nation following almost a year of unrest.

Deputy president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, was present at the inauguration which took place at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru.

The February 28 election in Lesotho did not produce a clear winner but Mosisili’s Democratic Congress (DC) united with six smaller parties to oust the party of former Lesotho PM Thomas Thabane.

Lesotho Prime Minister-elect Pakalitha Mosisili (L) shakes hands with outgoing Prime Minister Tom Thabane on March 17, 2015 during his inauguration ceremony in Maseru. Photo: Hlompho Letsielo
Lesotho Prime Minister-elect Pakalitha Mosisili (L) shakes hands with outgoing Prime Minister Tom Thabane on March 17, 2015 during his inauguration ceremony in Maseru. Photo: Hlompho Letsielo

Mosisili’s government will be the second straight coalition government in the small nation. Mosisili is not new to power as he was the prime minister of the country from 1998 to 2012.

The election was brought forward by two years following a peace deal brokered by Ramaphosa, after former PM Thabane fled to South Africa last August when his palace was besieged by soldiers. Thabane accused his deputy, Mothetjoa Metsing, a member of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD), of working with the army to oust him.

Source: The Guardian Nigeria