Thursday 19 April 2018

Jacob Zuma survives parliament vote to remove him as South Africa's president

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces impeachment
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces impeachment

South Africa's parliament has voted against an opposition motion to remove President Jacob Zuma, who has apologised after the country's top court ruled that he violated the constitution in a spending scandal.

The parliament rejected the motion by a vote of 233 to 143 in a raucous session in which some ruling party and opposition politicians jeered at each other and traded insults.

The motion required a two-thirds majority for approval. The ruling African National Congress, which has supported Mr Zuma, has a comfortable majority.

Mr Zuma apologised after the Constitutional Court ruled that he failed to uphold the constitution in a scandal over millions of dollars in state spending on his private home. The court also said the National Assembly failed in its obligations to hold the president to account.

Press Association

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