MASERU, Lesotho -- King Moshoeshoe II, killed in a car accident this week, will be succeeded by his eldest son, Lesotho's Traditional College of Chiefs decided Thursday.
Crown Prince David Mohato Bereng Seeiso, 32, served as King Letsie III for four years until abdicating in 1994 so his exiled father could return to the throne.
No date for the inauguration has been scheduled. In the meantime, the prince's mother, Queen Mmamohato, will serve as regent, the South African Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Moshoeshoe will lie in state next Thursday and be buried the following day among the ruins of a fort on Mount Thaba Bosiu, built by his country's founders.
The 57-year-old king died with his chauffeur Monday when their car ran off a mountain road.