Zuma sur­vives no-con­fi­dence vote

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE -

South Africa’s Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has sur­vived an eighth vote of no con­fi­dence - de­spite the bal­lot be­ing held in se­cret.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties had hoped the se­cret vote would mean MPs from the gov­ern­ing African Na­tional Congress (ANC) might side with them against the pres­i­dent.

But the mo­tion, called amid re­peated al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, was de­feated by 198 votes to 177.

This news was greeted with cheers and sing­ing by ANC MPs.

In order for the no­con­fi­dence mo­tion to pass, at least 50 out of the ANC’s 249 MPs would have had to vote against the pres­i­dent.

How­ever, the re­sult does mean at least 26 ANC MPs re­belled, while an­other nine MPs ab­stained from vot­ing.

Ear­lier, op­po­si­tion MP An­dries Tlouamma, deputy pres­i­dent of the Agang party, warned that if Mr Zuma sur­vived then South Africa was “on a high­way to hell”.

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