“We are here to announce that His Majesty has accepted the prime minister’s advice to dissolve parliament and the nation will be updated on an election date within four days,” Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing told state radio.
Opposition parties won a motion of no confidence in the government on March 1, forcing Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili to either advise the king to dissolve parliament and call for elections, or resign and allow lawmakers to choose a replacement. The king will announce the date for elections within 4 days, Metsing said, according to a report by Bloomberg.
An election must be held within three months of parliament being dissolved.
Mosisili who was in power for two years support weakened by a slew of defections from his ruling coalition to the opposition and after the March 1 vote he was ousted as prime minister according to Reuters.
Mosisili came to power in March 2015, after cobbling together an alliance of seven parties that won 65 seats in the 120-seat Parliament. The coalition was dogged by infighting and the resignation of several cabinet ministers.