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Lesotho discussed ‘dignified exit’ for murder-charged prime minister Thabane

MASERU, April 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Following the intervention of South African mediators, politicians in Lesotho have pledged “a dignified retirement” for the country’s embattled prime minister.

Thomas Thabane has been under pressure to step down over allegations he had a hand in the murder of his estranged wife in 2017.

Exactly what has been proposed in order to end the political crisis in Lesotho has not been made public.

Lesotho PM appears in court to hear charges of murdering wife

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane appeared in court on Monday to hear charges of murdering his estranged wife, a Reuters witness saw.

Thabane had initially been scheduled to hear the charges on Friday, but left to South Africa instead for what aides said was a medical appointment.

He is suspected of involvement in the murder of his then-wife Lipolelo, who shot dead in June 2017, two days before he took office for a second stint as premier.

Lesotho PM faces charge of murdering first wife, says to step down

MASERU (Reuters) - Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the murder of his late wife, the deputy police commissioner said on Thursday, the latest twist in a love triangle murder case that has stunned the southern African highland kingdom.

The 80-year-old Thabane took to the radio to announce that he would step down at the end of July, but he did not mention the case.

He instead cited old age as a reason for quitting as premier of the tiny, mountainous territory encircled by South Africa and which has a long history of political instability.

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