Lesotho government has agreed to ‘dignified retirement’ for PM

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

April 20, 2020

MASERU (Reuters) – Lesotho’s coalition government has agreed with South African mediators and political parties to implement a “dignified retirement” for prime minister Thomas Thabane, a joint statement said on Monday.

Thabane has been under pressure to resign owing to a murder case in which he and his current wife are suspected of being involved in the assassination of his previous wife, charges which both of them have repeatedly denied.

Thabane had pledged to step down at the end of July, but South African mediator Jeff Radebe told journalists in Lesotho’s capital Maseru that “the timeline is immediate,” for his leaving office.

(Reporting by Marafaele Mohloboli; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Nqobile Dludla)

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