• Lesotho’s public service minister says he is acting premier


    MASERU, Lesotho: Lesotho’s minister of public service, Motloheloa Phooko, told Agence France-Presse on Monday that he was the country’s acting prime minister, after the elected premier fled the country during an apparent coup. “I am acting prime minister,” the minister said from Maseru, citing “cabinet protocol” for his appointment while the prime minister and deputy prime minister are in South Africa. Phooko is a member of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy party—which forms an acrimonious coalition government with Prime Minister Tom Thabane.



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