Zuma resigns as President of South Africa
SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma has resigned in a televised address to the nation.
By stepping down, he avoided his almost certain ouster in a parliamentary vote scheduled for today 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 yesterdasy or else face the motion of no confidence in the country’s 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, who added that he took the decision even though he disagreed with the ruling party’s demand that he quit.
Mr Zuma, 75, had said he was willing to resign but wanted to stay in office for several more months.
“Of course, I must accept that if my party and my compatriots wish that I be removed from office, they must exercise that right and do so in the manner prescribed by the constitution,” Mr Zuma said.
The former president was defiant in a television interview earlier yesterday, saying he had done nothing wrong.
“I’m being victimised here,” Mr Zuma told state broadcaster SABC.
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