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Lesotho Prime Minister Implicated in Ex-Wife’s Murder Resigns

Bloomberg logo Bloomberg 5/19/2020 Mathabiso Ralengau
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane looks on during a rally at the Ha Abia constituency in Maseru on March 8, 2020. © MOLISE MOLISE/AFP via Getty Images Prime Minister Thomas Thabane looks on during a rally at the Ha Abia constituency in Maseru on March 8, 2020.

(Bloomberg) -- Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane resigned, three months after being implicated in the murder of his ex-wife.

Thabane announced his resignation in a speech televised in the capital, Maseru, in which he urged the landlocked mountain kingdom’s inhabitants to support his successor. The All Basotho Convention, headed by Thabane, and the opposition Democratic Congress party nominated Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro to be his replacement.

Thabane’s current spouse, Maesaiah, 42, was indicted on Feb. 5 for allegedly killing his second wife, Lipolelo, with whom he had been in divorce proceedings. Thabane appeared in court later that month, but no charges were laid after his lawyer challenged the court’s power to prosecute a sitting premier. He denies involvement in the killing.

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