Lesotho's Tom Thabane: I'll resign by the end of July

On Wednesday, the national executive committee of Tom Thabane’s party, the ABC, gave him an ultimatum to resign by Thursday while the opposition threatened to block the budget if he did not.

Lesotho's Prime Minister Tom Thabane. Picture: Facebook.

LESOTHO - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane on Thursday announced that he would resign at the end of July this year.

In an announcement on Radio Lesotho, Thabane said: “I’ve decided to resign by the end of July 2020 or before then should the process of my retirement matter be concluded sooner.”

On Wednesday, the national executive committee of Thabane’s party, the ABC, gave him an ultimatum to resign by Thursday while the opposition threatened to block the budget if he did not.

Thabane has made his third statement on leaving office since last month.

Thabane has appealed for calm in the National Assembly, which reconvenes on Friday, condemning the violence that saw MPs exchanging blows and hurling furniture - some were seriously injured

He has also appealed to politicians to put the people first during this process.

However, it remains to be seen if he will exit office earlier as Lesotho police are ready to charge Thabane with the murder of his second wife, Lipolelo.