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Lesotho PM inaugurated despite wife's murder

Lesotho PM inaugurated despite wife's murder

The inauguration of Thomas Thabane as Lesotho's prime minister went ahead on Friday, despite his estranged wife's murder on Wednesday.

Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was on her way home with a friend when the pair were shot by an unidentified assailant. The motive for the shooting is as yet unknown, but police are investigating.

The Thabanes had been separated since 2012, but the divorce had not yet been granted.

Thabane's inauguration saw him return to a post three years after he was forced to flee for fear of his life. He was believed to be a target for assassination.

His All Basotho Convention party dominated the elections held on June 3, called after Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament.

Lipolelo Thabane's murder is believed - by Thabane's supporters - to be an attempt at intimidating the new governing coalition.

Concern regarding military interference in politics has been raging in the tiny mountain kingdom for a while now. The military has however, vowed to respect democratic rule.

Thabane's inauguration was attended by South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and other foreign dignitaries.

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