Deputy President Ramaphosa attends Lesotho’s PM inauguration

Friday, June 16, 2017

Pretoria- South Africa’s Deputy President and SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa is joining regional and international leaders in Lesotho today for the inauguration of the Prime Minister-elect of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Dr Tom Thabane.

The Presidency said Deputy President Ramaphosa extended his profound congratulations to the people of Lesotho and commended them for conducting peaceful elections while urging all stakeholders to accept the outcome of the elections.

The inauguration follows the recent general elections that were overseen by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union election observer missions and were seen as largely peaceful.

The Deputy President reiterated his view that the holding of democratic elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho underlines the determination of the people of the region and the continent to ensure good political and economic governance as part of the building blocks towards the renewal of the continent and the achievement of Agenda 2063.

Deputy President Ramaphosa has been mandated by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Swaziland, working with the support of the Oversight Committee, to convene a multi-stakeholder dialogue forum to build consensus for the implementation of SADC decisions, including the constitutional and security sector reforms and recommendations of the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry.

He is expected to return to South Africa later on Friday.-SAnews.gov.za