Zuma asks prosecutors to drop corruption charges


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The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, submitted documents on Wednesday night to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) arguing why he shouldn’t be prosecuted for 783 counts of corruption, relating to a $2 billion arms deal in the 1990s.

The state prosecutor Shaun Abrahams will decide whether to charge Zuma with corruption by the end of February, according to Africa News. The ruling African National Congress party, which Zuma was leader of until December 2017, has admitted to having discussed his removal as president before the end of his term in mid-2019.

Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, replaced him as the new leader of the African National Congress party and, according to the Associated Press’s Christopher Torchia, a power transition from Zuma to Ramaphosa “appears to be taking shape” with one leader “one on the way out and one poised to take over.”

Zuma submitted documents arguing why he shouldn’t be prosecuted after the NPA extended the deadline to the end of January.

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