Lesotho opposition parties form coalition to gain majority in election with no clear winner

The leader of Lesotho's main opposition party has announced a coalition government with smaller parties after the Feb. 28 election had no outright winner.

Pakalitha Mosisili, leader of the Democratic Congress, said in the capital Maseru on Wednesday that he will form a government with former Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing's Lesotho Congress for Democracy and several other smaller parties to gain a majority win.

Lesotho's 120 cabinet seats are allocated using a combination electoral system, in which 80 seats are decided by constituency votes and 40 seats are calculated proportionally. The new coalition has a majority of 61 seats, without the proportional result.

The Democratic Congress won 37 constituencies, while Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's All Basotho Convention won 40. The electoral commission has not yet announced the final result.