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The Prime Minister of Lesotho has announced that he will retire, as his third wife has gone on the run following the issuance of an arrest warrant involving her role in the shooting murder of his second wife.  Among the chief accusers of the fleeing first lady, is the Prime Minister's daughter by his first wife.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/lesotho-leader-soon-to-step-down-as-murder-probe-continues/2020/01/16/5380d498-3890-11ea-a1ff-c48c1d59a4a1_story.html

https://www.economist.com/middle-east-and-africa/2020/01/23/one-first-lady-is-dead-in-lesotho-another-has-fled

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-19/game-of-thrones-has-nothing-on-lesotho-murder-drama

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51239615


And people still think that electing politicians produces better leaders.  When has anyone heard anything negative about the King and Queen of Lesotho?

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And people still think that electing politicians produces better leaders. When has anyone heard anything negative about the King and Queen of Lesotho?


Right? The people that seem to have the most vitriol for politicians -- on both the left and the right -- also seem to be the most staunchly anti-monarchy.

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Someone should tell the Economist that in monarchies the Queen is the first Lady, not the Prime Minister's wife.
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"Someone should tell the Economist that in monarchies the Queen is the first Lady, not the Prime Minister's wife."


Well while I agree with you, there is a growing practice in parliamentary systems to call he wife of the Prime Minister "First Lady" rather than the wife of the Head of State (be they a monarch or a figurehead President).  In a monarchy, the wife of the King being the Queen, calling the wife of the Prime Minister "First Lady" even if technically that is untrue, satisfies the need for an efficient way of referring to this individual who is bound to have a public role.  Calling her the "Prime Minister's Consort" or "Prime-Ministress" sounds funny and cumbersome.  In republican systems it is indeed really weird. There is the rather odd situation in Ethiopia where the Prime Minister's wife has been called First Lady since the formation of the second republic a little over two decades ago.  The late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's wife Azeb Mesfin had a very public role that transcended being her husband's official hostess.  She was also a senior official of the ruling party, as well as a leader of host of party owned organizations and business ventures.  In contrast, the first President of the post-Communist republic Dr. Negasso Gidada had a German wife who was never even seen in public and played no role whatsoever.  The second President Girma Wolde Giorgis' wife also never appeared in public in any way and never accompanied him on foreign visits or any official function.  The Prime Ministers wife was thus clearly "First Lady" in practice, being a powerful political figure herself.  After Prime Minister Meles died, his successor Haile Mariam Desalegn's wife Roman Tesfaye had no political role, and kept to more traditional activities associated with the wife of a head of government.  The third President, Dr. Mulatu Teshome's wife was much more visible.  She accompanied him to many public functions, on state visits to other countries and had a much more public role.  She was also always a prominent fixture at Orthodox Church ceremonies, seated in a place of precedence near the Patriarch.  However she was never accorded the title of First Lady, and was instead simply referred to in public as the President's wife.  It would have made sense to correct the record at this point and named the President's wife as first lady, but it did not occure.  The First Lady Title "Qedamawit Imebet" was always accorded to the wife of the Premier, (Azeb Mesfin, then Roman Tesfaye, and now Zinash Tayachew).  Precedent has now been set with this strange lineup.

 


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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Prime Minister Thabane of Lesotho, has formally been charged with the murder of Lipolelo Thabane, the Prime Minister's previous wife, and the attempted murder of a lady who was with the late Mrs. Thabane at the time of her shooting.  Mrs. Thabane has been on the run for a month since she skipped out on a request by the police to appear for questioning in connection with the murder.  It is believed she was hiding in South Africa.  Prime Minister Thabane has indicated that he will resign.

https://news.sky.com/story/lesothos-first-lady-maesaiah-thabane-to-be-charged-with-murder-of-husbands-ex-wife-11926384

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/africa/lesotho-pm-wife-death-controversy/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51387964

The maneuvering over the police investigation into the murder of the former first lady has led to some shady goings-on and charges of corruption on other ministers over a letter some of them had addressed to King Letsie III complaining of the Prime Minister's interference into the investigation.

https://menafn.com/1099652338/Lesotho-Phamotse-charged-over-book-tender


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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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