Saturday 17 November 2018

South African president faces fresh no confidence vote

Jacob Zuma has denied any wrongdoing after being linked to a series of corruption scandals over the years.

Mr Zuma has survived such votes before (AP)
Mr Zuma has survived such votes before (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

South Africa’s parliament has scheduled a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma for later this month as pressure mounts on the scandal-tainted leader to quit.

The office of parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete said she decided to hold the vote on February 22 in response to a request from the Economic Freedom Fighters, an opposition party.

Mr Zuma has survived similar votes in parliament, but many former allies in the ruling African National Congress party have since abandoned him.

His deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, was chosen as the new party leader in December and appears poised to replace Mr Zuma, who has been linked to a series of corruption scandals over the years. Mr Zuma denies any wrongdoing.

Press Association

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