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Newcomer Wins Most Seats in Lesotho’s Parliamentary Elections

Lesotho Revolution for Prosperity party leader Sam Matekane gestures as he addresses supporters in Maseru, on October 8.

Lesotho Revolution for Prosperity party leader Sam Matekane gestures as he addresses supporters in Maseru, on October 8.

Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Lesotho’s Revolution for Prosperity party, which was founded just six months ago, won the most seats in last week’s parliamentary elections but will still have to enter into a coalition to rule the tiny mountain kingdom. 

The RFP, led by wealthy businessman Sam Matekane, won 56 out of 79 constituency seats, results released by the Independent Electoral Commission on Monday showed. It didn’t get any of the so-called compensatory seats that are typically allocated to smaller parties under Lesotho’s proportional representation system, leaving it five seats short of an outright majority in the 120-member legislature.