JOINT STATEMENT: May 13, 2020

Maseru, Lesotho
May 13, 2020

The Ambassadors of the European Union and the United States of America and the High Commissioners of the Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom take note of the termination of the 4×4 coalition Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho in a consensual decision of the National Assembly.

It is important now that negotiations for a new Government to proceed as swiftly as possible, and that participants focus their deliberations on addressing the main challenges ahead, notably the threat of COVID-19 and the implementation of the reforms agreed in last year’s National Dialogue, in which Basotho across the country had the opportunity to express themselves. It is vital during the transition ahead that all those entrusted with Government responsibility are especially attentive to maintaining the safety and security of citizens, supporting democratic
processes, and preserving human rights and fundamental freedoms