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16 Jan 2020 | 03:04 PM UTC

Lesotho: Prime Minister Thabane to resign January 16

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announces impending resignation on January 16 amid murder probe; associated political demonstrations possible



Prime Minister Thomas Thabane reportedly announced his intention to resign on Thursday, January 16. No date has been set for the prime minister to formally step down, though it is expected to be soon, according to government officials. The announcement comes amid accusations by members of the ruling All Basotho Convention party that Thabane was impeding an investigation into the 2017 murder of his ex-wife, Lipolelo Thabane. Evidence has reportedly surfaced linking Thabane to the murder.

Associated political rallies are possible in the coming days, particularly in Maseru, as a new government is formed.


Individuals in Lesotho are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.