Lesotho PM going home after 'coup'

2014-09-01 17:35
Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Pretoria - Lesotho's exiled Prime Minister, Tom Thabane, is on his way home after claiming the military had tried to oust him, his aide said on Monday, following regional mediation talks in neighbouring South Africa.

"We are going home now, most probably we will be in Lesotho tomorrow," Samonyane Ntsekele, the premier's advisor told AFP in Pretoria, where the security organ of the 15-member SADC held marathon emergency talks on the crisis.

AP reports police were off the streets and out of uniform in Lesotho's capital on Monday, as the mountainous kingdom experienced a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee the mountainous African country.

King Letsie III is appointing a Cabinet minister to run the country as both the prime minister and deputy prime minister are in South Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa said on Monday.

The military say they disarmed police in the capital, Maseru, on Saturday. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane called the actions a coup attempt but Lesotho Defence Forces say they only stepped in after getting information that police were planning to supply arms to participants in a demonstration.

There was little evidence of the conflict on Monday in Maseru, but police at one of the attacked stations were walking in and out of the building in civilian clothes, not in uniform.

Experts expressed concern over who is running the country.

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