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Lesotho's Prime Minister Thabane required to step down by end of next week for a new government.

Under pressure to resign over a case in which he and his current wife are suspected to conspire to murder his former wife, the premier minister and his current wife both deny any involvement. The Police named Mr. Thabane and his current wife, Maesaiah, in the murder case late last year, which triggered a political crisis as he came under pressure to step down.

All the other parties have provisionally agreed on to the replacement of Thabane with the Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro.

The Prime Minister of Lesotho, Thomas Thabane will leave office on Wednesday, in the optic of clearing the way for a solution to a political crisis that erupted late last year. Mr. prime minister was quoted as saying in an interview with AFP saying he would inform King Letsie III of his intentions in a letter on Wednesday. Meanwhile his spokesperson did not immediately reply to a request for comment. He had been resisting until his coalition collapsed on Monday.

The coalition of Mr Thabane fell apart in Parliament on last Monday, and he was required to step down by the end of next week to make a way to a new government.

His wife Maesaiah has been charged in the murder case, while he has been named as a suspect though he has yet to be formally charged.

The lawmakers said he was not offered any immunity when he signed the deal to dissolve the government.

His decision is still expected this Wednesday.

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