Majoro in 2013
|6th Prime Minister of Lesotho|
|Assumed office |
20 May 2020
|Preceded by||Tom Thabane|
|Minister of Finance|
23 June 2017 – 19 May 2020
|Prime Minister||Tom Thabane|
|Preceded by||'Mamphono Khaketla|
|Succeeded by||Thabo Sofonea|
|Born||3 November 1961|
Tsikoane, Leribe District, Basutoland (now Lesotho)
|Political party||All Basotho Convention|
|Alma mater||Washington State University (MS, PhD)|
National University of Lesotho (BA)
Moeketsi Majoro (born 3 November 1961) is a Mosotho economist and politician who has been serving as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho since May 2020. He was previously the Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Tom Thabane from 2017 to 2020. Majoro has been representing the Thetsane Constituency No. 33 in the National Assembly since his election in 2017. He was formerly a Senator and the Minister of Development Planning from 2013 to 2015. Majoro is a member of the All Basotho Convention (ABC).
Early life and career
Moeketsi Majoro was born on 3 November 1961 in Tsikoane, Leribe District, in Basutoland. He obtained a BA degree in Economics from the National University of Lesotho and achieved both a PhD in Natural Resource Economics and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the Washington State University.
Majoro was a lecturer in economics at the National University of Lesotho between 1991 and 2000. He joined the finance ministry as a fiscal analyst in 2000 and worked in the position before he was promoted to be the principal secretary in 2004. He served the Africa Group 1 Constituency of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as both Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director between 2008 and 2012.
In January 2013, Majoro was appointed Minister of Development Planning by Prime Minister Tom Thabane. He had earlier been appointed as a Senator. The government was voted out in the 2015 general election. In the 2017 general election, he was elected the MP for the Thetsane Constituency No. 33. Thabane returned as Prime Minister and appointed him the Minister of Finance.
In 2020, Thabane came under pressure to resign due to his alleged involvement in his ex-wife's murder. On 22 March 2020, Majoro was elected by the ABC Group in the National Assembly as Thabane's successor with 26 out of 46 votes. In addition to large parts of the ABC and the Democratic Congress, other parties pledged to form a government under Majoro. On 12 May, Majoro was announced as the incoming Prime Minister. Thabane announced his resignation on 18 May. Majoro was sworn in as Prime Minister on 20 May. He announced his cabinet the following day, which included Democratic Congress leader Mathibeli Mokhothu as his deputy. It consists of mostly ABC and DC MPs with four other opposition party leaders serving in the cabinet.
Majoro is married with two children.
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