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Lesotho's new leader inaugurated, promises new coalition government will be stable

FILE - In this May 2011 file photo, Lesotho prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili gestures during a visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was inaugurated on Tuesday March 17, 2015, in the capital Maseru. Mosisili came to power after his party, the Democratic Congress, formed a coalition with several smaller parties to secure a majority after the Feb. 28 election had no outright winner. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)

FILE - In this May 2011 file photo, Lesotho prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili gestures during a visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was inaugurated on Tuesday March 17, 2015, in the capital Maseru. Mosisili came to power after his party, the Democratic Congress, formed a coalition with several smaller parties to secure a majority after the Feb. 28 election had no outright winner. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)  (The Associated Press)

Lesotho has inaugurated a new prime minister, who came to power after forming a coalition government following a special election.

Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was inaugurated on Tuesday in the capital Maseru. Mosisili came to power after his party, the Democratic Congress, formed a coalition with several smaller parties to secure a majority after the Feb. 28 election had no outright winner.

Lesotho held an election two years early after the collapse of a previous coalition government, led by former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. Thabane fled to South Africa last year, alleging he was the target of a coup plot.

Mosisili returns to power in the southern African nation of about 2 million. He led Lesotho from 1998 to 2012, when he was removed by Thabane's coalition government.