Le­sotho PM sworn in

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MASERU: Le­sotho’s new prime min­is­ter has taken the oath of of­fice, re­turn­ing to power three years af­ter he fled the po­lit­i­cally un­sta­ble king­dom be­cause of fears that he was an as­sas­si­na­tion target.

South Africa’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and other for­eign dig­ni­taries at­tended the in­au­gu­ra­tion of Thomas Tha­bane, whose es­tranged wife was shot dead on Wed­nes­day in what many Tha­bane sup­port­ers be­lieve was an ef­fort to in­tim­i­date the new gov­ern­ing coali­tion.

Tha­bane’s All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion party dom­i­nated June 3 elec­tions af­ter then-prime min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili, who suc­ceeded Tha­bane in a 2015 vote, lost a no-confidence vote in par­lia­ment. Le­sotho has been be­set by con­cerns about mil­i­tary in­ter­fer­ence in pol­i­tics. The mil­i­tary has pledged to re­spect demo­cratic rule.

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional says the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment should work to curb hu­man rights abuses. – AP

Thomas Tha­bane

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