With the 2 year-old coalition government bordering perilously on the edges, Lesotho’s 3 major political parties held emergency talks in the capital city Maseru.
The Lesotho Congress for Democracy has vowed to forge a new coalition, one that would oust current Prime Minister Thomas Thabane.
In response to that the premier, with the blessing of the king, King Letsie III, suspended parliament, effectively removing the threat of a vote of no confidence against him.
The impasse has elicited a stern warning from South Africa, which surrounds the tiny mountain kingdom.
“The South African government notes with concern the unfolding political and security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho which has resulted in the prorogation of the country’s Parliament. The South African government has further noted with grave concern the unusual movements of the Lesotho Defence Force Units in the capital, Maseru,” read a statement issued by South Africa’s capital Pretoria. It also added that it would “not tolerate any unconstitutional change of government in the region and continent”.
Source: Independent Online