Lesotho swears in new prime minister


Lesotho’s former Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as the new prime minister just a day after Thomas Thabane stepped down.

Majoro took oath at the palace of King Letsie III on Wednesday morning. He will stay in charge until scheduled elections in June 2022.

It was only the third time that power has changed hands peacefully in Lesotho’s history since independence from Britain in 1966.

In comments after the swearing-in, the new prime minister promised to make tackling COVID-19 – Lesotho has recorded one case so far – poverty and unemployment his main priorities.

His predecessor, Thomas Thabane, bowed to calls to resign on Tuesday, three months after police named him and his current wife Maesaiah as suspects in the murder of his ex-wife in a case that plunged the country into a political crisis.

Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead in her car in June 2017 two days before her husband’s inauguration as leader of the country of about two million people. He married Maesaiah two months later.

Both Thabane and Maesaiah deny any wrongdoing.

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