All eyes at Prime Minister Elect Matekane

All eyes at Prime Minister Elect Matekane

The newly formed party in Lesotho with seven months since it was given birth the Revolution for Prosperity (RFP), resulted victorious in the previous general parliamentary elections which were held on the 7th of October 2022.

The RFP being the party with more votes formed a coalition government with 

The Lesotho elections have given a negative side of projected opinion polls as they were proven wrong when it comes to their prediction. 

imageresize All eyes at Prime Minister Elect Matekane

The opinion polls had predicted that the ABC party would lose the majority of their parliamentarian seats and a new coalition government would be formed by other political parties excluding the outgoing ruling party ABC.

These predictions came true, however the prediction that, the main opposition party will gunner more votes from the ABC stronghold and will probably be the winners of the elections forming a new government.

However, the predictor was wrong, as the new party RFP won 56 seats out of 120 Lesotho’s parliamentarian seats.

With most of their seats coming from the All Abasotho Convention strongholds, the RFP party was followed by DC party which had 25% which can be translated to 29 seats and the outgoing party received 6.9%.

While the All Abasotho Convention party dropped to 8 parliamentary seats. 

The RFP was founded by Lesotho’s millionerd diamond magnate Sam Matekane whom many address as Prime Minister elect. Matekane’s new cabinet consists of Alliance of Democrats (AD)and Movement for Economic Change (MEC).

During the campaign Matekane promised to usher a new era of a governance and prosperity in Lesotho by exploiting its natural resources and its commercial competitiveness.

In Lesotho 80 seats are subject to first past the post the other 40 seats are allocated to proportional representative. 

The Basotho nation is expecting the new government to focus on the issue of employment, fight against corruption while their neighbor South Africa is hoping the issue of political stability within the country and immigration issues will be part of the main agenda of the new government.

Tapiwa Rubaya

Tapiwa Rubaya is the current affairs, fashion and sports reporter at My Afrika Magazine.

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