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South Africa: ANC to hold media briefing on Zuma's fate

South Africa: ANC to hold media briefing on Zuma's fate
From Al Jazeera - February 12, 2018

South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has given President Jacob Zuma 48 hours to resign, local media reported.

After a marathon 13-hour meeting on Monday, the ANC's National Executive Committee is said to have asked Zuma to step down and allow for a transition of power.

However, media reports said Zuma refused to do so, setting the scene for the extraordinary prospect of the party having to publicly recall him from office.

But the process is only a party-level instruction. Zuma is under no constitutional obligation to resign, which means if he refuses to step down, the party will have to navigate the prospect of calling for a motion of no-confidence against Zuma in parliament.

The ANC will hold a media briefing at 12:00 GMT on Tuesday to announce its decision.

The president faces hundreds of corruption charges but has previously vowed to stay in office until his term ends next year.

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