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Lesotho’s former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, and his wife Maesaiah attend a court hearing in Maseru. Lesotho’s then-prime minister, Thomas Thabane, and his wife Maesaiah attend a court hearing in Maseru, Feb. 24, 2020 (AP photo).

After Years of Turmoil, There Is Hope for Stability and Reform in Lesotho

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Ha Abia is a sprawling, dusty neighborhood on the outskirts of Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. Bisected by the main highway heading south from the city, it flashes past in a blur of roadside taverns, small grocery stores, street vendors and the ubiquitous honking of local taxis. Since 1998, it has been the political home of Lesotho’s two-time prime minister, Thomas Motsoahae Thabane.

In the past year, Thabane has faced growing political opposition, which came to a head in April, when he was charged in connection with his ex-wife’s murder in 2017. Thabane tried for weeks to negotiate a deal that would keep him in power and give him immunity against the charges—but ultimately, his governing coalition collapsed, forcing the political giant into an early “retirement.” On May 20, he was officially replaced, as Moeketsi Majoro took his oath of office as the new prime minister. ...

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