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Lesotho's public service minister says he is acting premier after 'coup'

Lesotho's minister of public service, Motloheloa Phooko, told AFP on Monday that he was the country's acting prime minister, after the elected premier fled the country during an apparent coup.

Mass demonstration cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

A mass demonstration in Lesotho planned for Monday has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting.

Mozambique election campaign kicks off after ceasefire

Mozambique's three presidential hopefuls kicked off campaigning ahead of October polls on Sunday, following a ceasefire deal between the government and revived rebel group Renamo, whose leader remains in hiding.

SA troops not heading to Lesotho after coup: Dirco

The South African government was not immediately sending troops to Lesotho following claims that the neighbouring country had been taken over by the military, the department of international relations (Dirco) said on Saturday.

Lesotho PM says army staged coup, military denies

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Saturday accused his country's army of mounting a coup against him and said he had fled to South Africa, but the military denied seeking to oust him and said its soldiers had returned to barracks.