Lesotho's feuding political parties have agreed to hold elections in February -- more than two years early -- in a bid to exit a crisis that has seen a coup attempt and running battles between the security forces.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tuesday asked Lesotho`s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to reopen parliament immediately, in a bid to pave the way for early elections and end political tensions in the country.
Lesotho`s leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, a South African official said Monday.
Lesotho`s exiled police commissioner returned to the country Wednesday, ordering his officers to go back to work. But this week`s violence has left the force disarmed and with reason to still live in fear.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern about a coup in Lesotho, urging "all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution of their differences".
Lesotho`s military seized control of the tiny African kingdom`s police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones in the early hours on Saturday, a government minister and member of the ruling coalition told AFP.
Police in South Africa said that they have arrested a fugitive from neighboring Lesotho who had escaped from a prison where he was awaiting trial after allegedly confessing to cannibalism and two murders in 2012.