Lesotho vote PMs party moves ahead of opposition

first_imgAssociated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) – The party of Lesotho’s longtime prime minister moved ahead of the main opposition as vote counting neared completion for the southern African country’s parliamentary elections, the Independent Electoral Commission reported Monday.The commission posted results from 70 of 80 constituencies on its website Monday evening. The tally showed Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili’s Democratic Congress with 31 seats, and the All Basotho Convention with 26. Shortly before Saturday’s vote in this nation of 2 million, Mosisili broke away from the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, which had been riven by an internal power struggle. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The Lesotho Congress for Democracy had 12 seats while another opposition party had one according to the counts Monday evening. Final results are expected Tuesday.The Lesotho Congress for Democracy under Mosisili won elections in 1998, 2002 and 2007.In the first decades after independence from Britain in 1966, Lesotho’s military and its king repeatedly meddled in politics, weakening democracy. The king is now considered merely a figurehead.After an army mutiny in 1998, South Africa, which surrounds mountainous Lesotho, led a military intervention. That was followed by political negotiations that led to electoral reforms meant to give a greater voice to the opposition to the entrenched Lesotho Congress for Democracy.As part of the reforms, 40 seats allotted by proportional representation were added to parliament’s 80 elected seats.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 5 treatments for adult scoliosis More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories center_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories last_img read more