Opposition bid flops in Parliament

Opposition bid flops in Parliament

MASERU – A MOVE by the opposition to appoint Mathibeli Mokhothu the official leader of the opposition in Parliament failed on Friday.

The three parties, the Democratic Congress, Lesotho Congress for Democracy and Popular Front for Democracy jointly informed Parliament that they now have an opposition coalition.

And they have chosen Mokhothu as their official leader.

But the Speaker of Parliament, Sephiri Motanyane, said the three parties do not meet the requirements to form a coalition.

He said the parties do not have 25 percent of total seats in Parliament to qualify to elect an official leader of the opposition.

He said things have turned worse for the opposition after the MP for Semena crossed to join the Alliance of Democrats.

Motanyane said parties have to form a coalition before taking their seats in Parliament.

He said his decision was based on a precedent set by former Speaker Ntlhoi Motsamai.

He said the former Speaker set this precedent when Prime Minister Thomas Thabane wanted to be the official leader of the opposition in Parliament.

Staff Reporter

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