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Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

A man sits on a hill overlooking the capital Maseru, Lesotho on August 31, 2014A 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. Maseru district police commissioner Mofokeng Kolo told AFP a mass rally planned by forces opposing Prime Minister Tom Thabane had been scrapped. Thabane fled to South Africa in the early hours of Saturday morning, after being tipped off that the military was about to move against him. Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing — a rival of Thabane whose party was behind the planned demonstration and who is accused by opponents of being implicated in the coup — on Sunday left the country for talks in South Africa.

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