The southern African mountain kingdom of Lesotho appears headed for a new coalition government after an election that analysts said failed to heal deep divisions that surfaced in a failed coup last August.
The first move of the new coalition leader, Pakalitha Mosisili, was a case in point: a divisive announcement that he would reappoint the military commander who launched the coup attempt.
His move suggested that the military and police, which were aligned to rival political forces last year, will be as politicized as ever, a factor that could prolong the country’s instability.
Also contributing to likely continued volatility is the fact that no party won power outright, leading to furious horse trading as rivals jostled to form a government.
Mosisili cobbled together a coalition of seven parties, including his Democratic Congress, giving him a thin four-seat majority in parliament and earning him the right to govern.
His party won 47 seats, just one seat more than the All Basotho Convention of his rival, outgoing Prime Minister Tom Thabane, who had appeared certain of victory in recent days.