By Robyn Dixon | Los Angeles Times

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to step down Wednesday after being “recalled,” or dismissed, by the highest decision-making body in the governing African National Conference, the party’s secretary general said Tuesday.

Zuma has clung doggedly to office in recent weeks despite his deputy’s efforts to dislodge him and calls on him to resign by party leaders. ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule said Zuma pleaded for an extra three to six months in power, a request rejected by the national executive committee of the party. The committee, or NEC, met for 13 hours in a marathon session that continued from Monday afternoon into the early hours of Tuesday.

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“We discussed and discussed and discussed and at the end of discussions once you take a resolution, it is called a collective decision,” Magashule told a news conference Tuesday. “The decision of the NEC is now final: Recall President Jacob Zuma. That decision can’t change.

“We expect the president to respond tomorrow. Tomorrow the president will respond.”

Magashule said the ANC’s national executive committee had decided Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, would replace Zuma as president, after Ramaphosa won the leadership of the party in December. No decision has been taken on who will succeed Ramaphosa as deputy president.

A bitter power struggle erupted in the ruling party after Ramaphosa narrowly won its leadership in December, defeating Zuma’s preferred successor, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Ramaphosa was due to take over as president after elections in 2019 but he and his supporters were determined to force Zuma swiftly from power, arguing the party needed time to rebuild its declining support before then.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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