Lesotho PM Returns After Fleeing

thomasLesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has returned home, after fleeing the mountain kingdom to neighbouring South Africa on Saturday.

At the time, he said the military had staged a coup — a charge it denied. Regional leaders rejected his call for troops to be deployed to restore order.

The unrest is thought to be linked to a struggle between Mr Thabane, reportedly supported by the police, and Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, said to have the loyalty of the army.

Mr Thabane has headed a unity government since elections in May 2012, but suspended parliament’s sessions in June to avoid a vote of no confidence amid feuding in his coalition.

Lesotho, which is surrounded by South Africa, has experienced several coups since independence in 1966.

A source in Maseru told the BBC that Mr Thabane and Mr Metsing were escorted into the capital by South African police.

It is reported to be calm in the city, with business continuing as usual.

South African police are guarding state house, the prime minister’s official residence, and Mr Metsing’s home, the source said.

Prime Minister Thabane and his deputies, are due to appear before King Letsie III later to present a report about meetings held on Sunday and Monday in South Africa to resolve the crisis.

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma held separate talks, under the auspices of the South African Development Community (Sadc) regional bloc, with Mr Tabane and Mr Metsing.



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