Lesotho premier resigns after inconclusive vote

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Posted: May 30, 2012 3:48 PM
Lesotho premier resigns after inconclusive vote

Lesotho's news agency says the southern African country's longtime prime minister has resigned after winning a parliamentary election, but failing to secure enough seats to retain power.

After 14 years in power, Pakalitha Mosisili's resignation Wednesday opens the way to a transition to a coalition of opposition groups who say they have agreed to govern together.

Mosisili's Democratic Congress won 41 of 80 seats contested Saturday, and secured seven of 40 seats allocated under proportional representation rules.

Shortly before the vote, Mosisili broke away from the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, which threw support to the main opposition All Basotho Convention. Those two parties say that together and with support from smaller parties, they can control parliament.