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Lesotho’s new political party RFP is ready to bring change and stability

The RFP failed to achieve an absolute majority and formed a coalition government with two other opposition parties.

FILE: The elections were marked by an extremely low turnout with only 37% of registered voters turning up at the polls. Photo: © 3dgenerator/123rf.com

JOHANNESBURG – Nearly a week after the October 7 elections in Lesotho, the newly formed party, Revolution for Prosperity (RFP), which won the most seats in the elections, has said it is ready to bring about significant change in the country. .

The RFP failed to achieve an absolute majority and formed a coalition government with two other opposition parties.

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The elections were marked by an extremely low turnout with only 37% of registered voters turning up at the polls.

The RFP’s victory shocked and surprised the political establishment in the Mountain Kingdom.

RFP was formed a few months ago and it is already the ruling party.

Its leader, Lesotho’s richest man, diamond magnate Sam Matekane, has said he is ready to bring change and economic stability to the country.

The RFP won 56 of the 120 seats in the National Assembly.

Matekane is expected to be the next Prime Minister but failed to secure an absolute majority.

This means that he must work with other political parties to form a government.

The southern African nation has been marred by years of political instability under the outgoing All Basotho Convention party, which has been in power since 2017.