The prime minister’s order is the latest twist in a saga that has gripped the southern African kingdom [File: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters]

Lesotho’s embattled prime minister has announced that he has sent troops onto the streets to “restore order”, accusing unnamed law enforcement agencies of undermining democracy.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is under pressure to step down after police said they suspect him of having had a hand in the murder of his estranged wife in 2017, a case that has thrown the country into political turmoil.

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In an address on public television on Saturday, 80-year-old Thabane said he had “deployed the army to take control of this situation and take necessary measures against these elements in alignment with the security orders and restore

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