South African opposition calls for early polls

South African opposition calls for early polls

New ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and Secretary General Ace Magashule traveled late Monday to deliver the party's decision to Zuma at his residence in capital Pretoria.

The African National Congress party on Tuesday ordered South African President Jacob Zuma to leave office by the end of the day, or risk being removed by force.

Mr Zuma's presidency has been marred by corruption scandals, slow economic growth and record unemployment.

Mr Zuma faces a no-confidence motion in Parliament set for Feb 22, but has survived several similar attempts to oust him in the past.

The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party, has chose to remove President Jacob Zuma from his role, a source told Reuters. "The decision has been taken and must be implemented".

Pressure continues to mount on the beleaguered South African president Jacob Zuma to step down as the president of the country.

Ramaphosa, the de-facto president-in-waiting, had been in negotiations with Zuma who rejected an earlier request from party leaders to step down more than a week ago.

The African National Congress (ANC) formally asked Zuma to resign after he had refused to do so earlier, reports said.

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Since becoming president in 2009, Mr Zuma has been dogged by scandal.

The uncertainty over the fate of the leader of one of Africa's biggest economies, who appears politically damaged beyond fix, stirred speculation that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma's expected successor, had been negotiating a deal with the president in exchange for his resignation.

However, he would then be expected to face a confidence vote in parliament.

The ANC caucus has been instructed to put in motion "a parliamentary process", Mashatile told journalists.

The stalemate has plunged South Africa - Africa's most developed economy - into uncertainty over who is running the country, with a series of public events cancelled last week including the annual State of the Nation address to parliament. "In its wisdom, the NEC (National Executive Committee) decided... to recall its deployee Jacob Zuma", Magashule told reporters. Zuma was implicated in at least one of the corruption convictions stemming from that deal and was forced out of his role as deputy president at the time.

Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.

Zuma's second and final term was due to end around mid-2019. South Africa's top court has ruled that he violated the constitution following an investigation of multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home using state money.

"It's likely, depending on the availability of Chief Justice, we can probably elect a new President".

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