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Lesotho’s Tom Thabane officially resigns as PM

In a recorded statement, Thabane said: 'The work you assigned me is not over but the time to retire from public office has finally arrived.'

In this file photo taken on 31 May 2017 Lesotho political party All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Prime Minister Tom Thabane gives an interview to Agence France-Presse at his residence in Maseru. Picture: AFP

MASERU - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane has finally delivered his resignation statement.

In the recorded and televised delivery on Tuesday, he didn't expressly say he was resigning. But he said the time to retire from public office has finally arrived.

He said his past three years in office he has been preoccupied with building state institutions, establishing a reforms authority, and stabilising the lives of Basotho

He thanked the country’s King Letsie III, his political party, family, and the nation for trusting him as prime minister
But he added that some people used his announcement that he would retire by the end of July to polarise the nation.