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South Africa's ruling party tells Jacob Zuma to resign as president

South Africa's ruling party tells Jacob Zuma to resign as president
From CBC - February 13, 2018

Leaders of South Africa's ruling party have delivered an ultimatum to President Jacob Zuma, giving him 48 hours to respond to the party's order for him to resign, according to media reports citing sourcesclose to the national executive committee of theAfrican National Congress.

If Zuma agrees to step down, then Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will likely become president. However, if Zuma refuses to resign he will then face a vote of no confidence in parliament next week.

Disgraced by a series of corruption scandals, although he claims he has done no wrong, Zuma still retains support within the ruling party and the parliamentary vote could be tight.

Citing unidentified ANC sources, South African media say Zuma has asked for state security for his family, payment of legal fees and a few more months in office.

The decision that Zumashould leave office came after a 13-hour meeting of the ANC's national executive committee that ended early Tuesday.

The impasse over the presidency has highlighted the disarray within aparty that previously was the main movement against white minority rule and has led South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. The ANC once commanded moral stature as the party of Nelson Mandela, but corruption scandals linked to Zuma have cut into its popularity ahead of national elections in 2019.

An opposition-backed motion of no confidence had been scheduled for Feb. 22, but its sponsors want the vote to be moved up to this week. Zuma has survived similar motions against him in the past, but many ruling party members now see him as a political liability and would likely vote against him.

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