Lesotho Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane Resigns

Thomas Thabane, the prime minister of Lesotho has stepped down over the murder of his ex-wife.

He did not say when he would leave office but his party said a new premier would be sworn in on Tuesday, BBC reports.

This is coming few days later he was reported to have said that he will not be pushed out of office until he is ready to leave and that nobody had the right to set the time for his departure.

“I decided to personally come and inform you that I am stepping down as prime minister of Lesotho,” AFP news agency says he told supporters in his Abia home constituency on the outskirts of the capital Maseru.

Thabane, was being pressurized to do so over the suspicion he killed his ex-wife.

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Mr Thabane, 80, is one of Africa’s oldest leaders and has spent most of his working life as a politician current wife, with whom he was living at the time of the murder, was charged in connection with the killing in February.

Lesotho has been plagued by political instability this year, he lost his majority in parliament last week when the coalition backing him fell apart and a new government is expected to be installed on Friday.

 

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