Lesotho's king to appoint minister to lead country with PM, deputy away in South Africa

The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.

King Letsie III is appointing a Cabinet minister to run the country with both the prime minister and deputy prime minister in neighboring South Africa, Foreign Affairs Minister Mohlabi Kenneth Tsekoa said Monday. It was not immediately clear who was being appointed to run the largely rural nation of about 2 million.

The military disarmed police in the capital Saturday. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane called it a coup attempt but Lesotho Defense Forces say they stepped in after alleging that police were to supply arms for participants in a demonstration.