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Lesotho PM flees, confirms military has seized power in a coup

Published on Aug 30, 2014 7:56 PM
 
Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane arrives at the White House for a group dinner during the US Africa Leaders Summit on Aug 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mr Thabane confirmed on Saturday that the military had seized power in a coup and that he had fled to neighbouring South Africa in fear of his life. -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane confirmed Saturday 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.

 
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