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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma resigns

Media playback is unsupported on your device South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to step down or face a vote of no confidence in parliament. The 75-year-old has been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption. His resignation…

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South Africa: ANC decides Zuma must go 'urgently'

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign for the sake of the country. But despite the ANC’s top leadership deciding to “recall” him “urgently”, the scandal-hit Mr Zuma was still in power on Tuesday. He is expected to respond to the request on Wednesday, an official said. He had already told them he was willing to stand down in the next three to six months, the official added. Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, has been dogged by corruption…

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South Africa: ANC 'decides Zuma must go'

South Africa’s ruling ANC party will formally request that President Jacob Zuma step down after he refused to resign, media reports say. The reported decision to “recall” Mr Zuma followed marathon talks by senior party officials that continued into the early hours of Tuesday. If Mr Zuma, 75, still does not budge, he will face a vote of confidence in parliament that he is expected to lose. He has been leader since 2009 but has been dogged by corruption allegations. The ANC has not officially confirmed its plans, but party…

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ANC gathers to choose leader to replace Jacob Zuma

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. The main candidates are the current deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma’s ex-wife. Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president. But their bitter leadership battle has raised fears that the ANC could split before national elections in 2019. President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections. He has been in office since 2009 and South Africa limits…

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Zuma survives no-confidence vote

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived an eighth vote of no confidence – despite the ballot being held in secret. Opposition parties had hoped the secret vote would mean MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) might side with them against the president. But the motion, called amid repeated allegations of corruption, was defeated by 198 votes to 177. This news was greeted with cheers and singing by ANC MPs. In order for the no-confidence motion to pass, at least 50 out of the ANC’s 249 MPs would…

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