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Lesotho former first lady freed on bail

Lesotho’s former first lady, charged with the murder of her love rival, was granted bail on Monday, despite objections from the police that she might use it to escape.Maesaiah Thabane, wife of former prime minister Thomas Thabane, was arrested...

Appeal courts revokes bail granted to ex-Lesotho PM’s wife

Lesotho’s Appeal Court on Friday revoked bail which had been granted to former prime minister Thomas Thabane’s wife, who is accused of murdering his previous spouse.Maesaiah Thabane was charged with ordering the killing of Thomas Thabane’s then estranged wife...

Lesotho gets new Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro

Moeketsi Majoro was sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister on Wednesday, a day after his predecessor resigned under pressure over a scandal involving the killing of his wife.Majoro, who was previously finance minister, took the oath at the...

Lesotho PM Thabane to resign on May 22nd – spokesman

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will resign by May 22nd, his spokesman said, adding he knew nothing of a report that the prime minister would hand in his resignation to the king on Wednesday.Thabane’s departure would resolve a political...

Lesotho PM confirms plans to retire in July

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Thursday reiterated his intention to retire by the end of July "or earlier", despite risk of prosecution for his alleged involvement in the 2017 murder of his estranged wife.Ruling party officials and opposition...

Lesotho parliament closer to forcing PM out of office

Lesotho lawmakers and South African mediators said on Saturday that legislation awaiting assent from the king will see Prime Minister Thabane, suspected of killing his ex-wife, leave office soon, ending a crisis that has engulfed the mountain kingdom for...

Lesotho ruling party reject immunity for embattled PM Thomas Thabane

The head of Lesotho's ruling party on Wednesday rejected Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's demands for immunity from prosecution in a murder case that has gripped the southern African mountain kingdom.In power since 2017, the octogenarian leader faces mounting calls...

More pressure on Lesotho PM as Senate amends constitution

The Senate of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho amended the constitution on Tuesday, capping the prime minister's powers to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections, as pressure for his resignation mounts.The country's opposition and even rivals within his ruling...

Lesotho PM pushes back on exit deal

Under pressure Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane says he will not be pushed out of office until he is ready to leave.Mr Thabane told a popular newspaper that nobody had the right to set the time for his departure,...

Lesotho agrees to “dignified retirement” for PM

Following the intervention of South African mediators, politicians in Lesotho have pledged "a dignified retirement" for the country's prime minister.Thomas Thabane has been under pressure to step down over allegations he had a hand in the murder of his...
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