Partial results from Friday’s parliamentary election in Lesotho show that a recently founded party led by millionaire diamond magnate Sam Matekane is on course to get the largest number of seats.
The southern African country’s politics have been marred by coup plots, infighting within parties, and floor-crossing which has often led to unstable coalition governments.
With the results from more than half the 80 constituencies, the political landscape is set for major change.
The Revolution For Prosperity party, which was formed in March by Mr Matekane, has 41 seats.
Lesotho’s National Assembly is made up of 120 seats. Eighty MPs are elected from single-seat constituencies on a first-past-the-post basis and the other 40 use a proportional representation system.