“The South African Government commends the parties on this development and remains hopeful that the coalition government will be able to overcome their current political challenges and continue to work together for peace and stability of the country,” Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, said in a briefing on Wednesday.
The main political parties in Lesotho, who are in a fragile two-year-old coalition, have agreed to continue working together after emergency talks mediated by the Christian Council of Lesotho.
Coalition partners had been angered by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s perceived aloofness, accusing him of operating unilaterally, without consulting other partners.
That prompted a junior coalition partner, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, to vow to forge a new governing alliance to oust the Prime Minister.
In response, the premier suspended parliament – with the blessing of the king – allowing him to dodge a vote of no confidence.