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Acting president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to be confirmed as South Africa’s new president in a vote this afternoon, after Jacob Zuma stepped down when threatened with a vote of no confidence in parliament today. While Zuma has resigned, he denies all corruption allegations and said he disagrees with the party’s decision.
South African police raided the compound of the wealthy Gupta family in the capital of Johannesburg and made two arrests early Wednesday morning, according to Al Jazeera and The Guardian. The Guptas are accused of using their friendship with President Zuma for political influence, which the Guptas and Zuma deny.
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party formally requested President Jacob Zuma step down according to a senior official, as reported by Reuters. If Zuma refuses to resign the ANC will put forward a vote of no confidence in parliament, where he is expected to lose. South Africa’s State broadcaster SABC said Zuma had been told by recently elected President of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, that he had 48 hours to resign, according to Reuters.
Earlier this month, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party held an urgent meeting after Zuma, who could face prosecution for corruption charges, failed to resign, despite being pressured by colleagues.
Zuma was replaced as leader of the ANC in December by his deputy and long-term senior politician, Cyril Ramaphosa. The BBC reports that, nonetheless, commentators say the ANC’s popularity is declining because of the corruption allegations. South Africa is due to hold elections next year.
Zuma served 10 years in prison with the late Nelson Mandela, having also been convicted of conspiring to overthrow the apartheid government.
See WikiTribune‘s earlier coverage of President Zuma’s corruption allegations.
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