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Lesotho PM returns home, govt still hiding

Thomas Thabane entered Lesotho earlier today and is believed to be at his official residence in Maseru.

FILE: Thomas Thabane, leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC), greets supporters in Maseru on 27 May, 2012 a day after the people of Lesotho went to the polls in National Assembly Elections. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Despite Lesotho's embattled prime minister returning safely to his home country today, scores of government officials are still in hiding following an apparent coup attempt.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane entered Lesotho earlier today and is believed to be at his official residence in Maseru.

He fled to South Africa last week after accusing partners in the coalition government of trying to overthrow him in a military coup.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation says a decision was taken on Monday for South Africa not to comment on matters effecting Lesotho.

But yesterday, the African National Congress welcomed a decision by the Southern African Development Community to assist in resolving the country's political impasse in light of reports of the alleged coup.

Several reports had said that the attempted coup was led by a former army commander who was fired.

Thabane's spokesperson said earlier this week that more than 150 Lesotho government officials would remain in hiding until it was deemed safe to return home.