30 Aug '14, 1pm

Lesotho PM confirms coup, flees to South Africa

Lesotho PM confirms coup, flees to South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed on Saturday (Aug 30) that the military had seized power in a coup in the tiny kingdom and that he had fled to neighbouring South Africa in fear of his life. "I have been removed from control not by the people but by the armed forces, and that is illegal," Thabane told the BBC. "I came into South Africa this morning and I will return as soon as my life is not in danger," he said. "I will not go back to Lesotho to get killed." Lesotho's military seized control of police headquarters and the premier's residence in the capital Maseru in the early hours of Saturday, but later withdrew, a government minister told AFP. "The armed forces, the special forces of Lesotho, have taken the headquarters of the police," said sports minister and leader of the Basotho National Party, Thesele Maseribane. "The (military) commander sai...

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