Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who has been in power since 2012, announced his intention to resign on Thursday, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported.
The warning on his TV news channel gave no reason, but the police are looking for Thabane’s wife, Maesaiah, to question her in connection with the murder of his estranged husband, Lipolelo.
Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead while driving just a few days before her husband was sworn in as the leader of the mountain kingdom for a second term in June 2017. A court ruled in 2015 that Lipolelo was his legal spouse and entitled to benefits three years after the couple was divorced.
Thabane married his current wife about two months after the murder. Neither the Prime Minister nor his wife, Maesaiah, have openly commented on the allegations.
An arrest warrant was issued for Maesaiah Thabane after not showing up for interrogation last week, although she has not been accused of any crime.
Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli had accused the Prime Minister, who is turning 81 this year, of wanting to force him to retire early to stop the investigation.
Lesotho, a mountain state surrounded by South Africa, three quarters of which is more than 1,800 meters above sea level, is one of the poorest countries in the world and has one of the highest levels of HIV / AIDS in Africa.