Ja­cob Zuma steps down as South African pres­i­dent

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma re­signed yes­ter­day in a tele­vised ad­dress to the na­tion.

By step­ping down, he avoided his al­most cer­tain oust­ing in a par­lia­men­tary vote sched­uled for Thurs­day after years of cor­rup­tion scan­dals.

Mr Zuma’s res­ig­na­tion came after the rul­ing African Na­tional Congress party in­structed him to leave of­fice by the end of yes­ter­day or face a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in par­lia­ment.

His de­par­ture ended a lead­er­ship cri­sis in one of Africa’s big­gest economies and set the stage for rul­ing party MPS to elect act­ing pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, pre­vi­ously deputy pres­i­dent, as Mr Zuma’s suc­ces­sor.

“I have there­fore come to the de­ci­sion to re­sign as pres­i­dent of the repub­lic with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” said Mr Zuma, 75, who added that he had taken the de­ci­sion even though he dis­agreed with the rul­ing party’s de­mand that he quit.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, po­lice raided the home of prom­i­nent busi­ness as­so­ciates of Mr Zuma who are ac­cused of be­ing at the cen­tre of cor­rup­tion scan­dals that have hurt the ANC’S pop­u­lar­ity and weak­ened the econ­omy.

Sev­eral peo­ple were re­port­edly ar­rested dur­ing the op­er­a­tions.

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