Lesotho

Senate

Political system
Parliamentary system
Structure of parliament
Bicameral
IPU membership
Yes

About parliament

Basic information such as the official name of parliament and details of its structure and leadership. Also includes the current breakdown of MPs by sex and age, and provisions for quotas and reserved seats.

Parliament name
Parliament
Chamber name
Senate
Structure & status of parliament
Upper chamber
Parliamentary term (years)
5

IPU membership

Affiliation periods
from 2008
IPU Geopolitical Group/s
African Group

Speaker

Official title
President of the Senate
Speaker
Mamonaheng Mokitimi (Female)
Date of birth: 20 Jan 1970
Term
11 Jul 2017
Additional information

Elected on 11 July 2017, re-elected on 3 Nov. 2022.

Speaker terms

No information available

Secretary general

Official title
Clerk
Secretary General
Tseliso Molise (Male)
Term
01 Jun 2021 to 31 May 2027
Notes

Appointed on 1 June 2021 for a three-year; re-appointed for a further three-year term effective from 1 June 2024 (i.e. until 31 May 2027).

Members

Statutory number of members
33

Notes:

Appointed members: appointed by the King on the advice of the Council of State.

Other: 22 Principal Chiefs.

Principal mode of designation of members
Other
Appointed members
11
Other members
22
Current number of members
33
Men
25
Women
8
Percentage of women
24.2%
Statutory number of members per country 
155
Population (in thousands)
2,281
Inhabitants per parliamentarian
14,716

Age

Data on the age of parliamentarians is collected at the start of the legislature, following the most recent elections. This data is not updated during the legislature, except when parliament notifies the IPU of a change in the youngest or oldest member.

Average age of all members
No information available
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Male No information available
Female
Total <= 45: - Total >= 46: -
Percentage of members, by age
Age at the last election or renewal Overall Male Female
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger
- - -
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger
- - -
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger
- - -

Reserved seats and quotas

There are reserved seats in parliament for certain groups
No
Electoral quota for women
No
Youth quota
No

Links to additional information

Parliamentary website
List of members
Rules of procedure/Standing Orders
Constitution

Historical data for IPU membership

Historical data for IPU membership
Year IPU membership
2020-09
List of values for 2020-09
No
2019-04
List of values for 2019-04
No
2018-06
List of values for 2018-06
No