Moeketsi Majoro is Lesotho’s new prime minister


FORMER Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro is Lesotho’s new prime minister.

He was sworn in as Lesotho’s prime minister on Wednesday. He takes over from Thomas Thabane who was forced to resign Tuesday. Thabane had been in charge of tiny mountain since winning the June 2017 elections and his government collapsed just a month before its third anniversary.

Majoro will lead a coalition with the main opposition Democratic Congress (DC) whose leader Mathibeli Mokhothu in the new deputy prime minister.

Majoro had some kind words for the outgoing prime minister saying Thabane had moulded him into a leader and politician. He will have to see out the last two years of Thabane’s term. Elections are due in 2022.

Majoro promised to immediately address Lesotho’s major challenges such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, youth unemployment and hunger.

“I thank God for picking me to lead this country in these trying times. We don’t have much time as we have only two years before the next elections.

“I promise to lead the fight against COVID-19 and to tackle poverty and unemployment as well,” Majoro said.

Former premier Thabane thanked King Letsie III for giving him the opportunity to lead Lesotho. He acknowledged making mistakes during his tenure and begged the nation for forgiveness.


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