S. Africa’s pres­i­dent sur­vives vote in rul­ing party to oust him

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma es­caped a move to oust him as the leader of South Africa by se­nior mem­bers of his rul­ing party, it was an­nounced Tues­day.

A mo­tion to dis­miss Zuma over a string of cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions since he came to of­fice in 2009 was in­tro­duced by the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the African Na­tional Congress.

The ma­jor­ity of the ANC’s 80 ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers voted to keep Zuma in of­fice, the party’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral, Gwede Man­tashe, said.

Fresh from his vic­tory, Zuma left Tues­day for Cuba to at­tend the fu­neral of Fidel Cas­tro.

Many ANC mem­bers blamed Zuma’s scan­dals for the party’s poor per­for­mance in re­cent elec­tions in which it lost the key mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Jo­han­nes­burg and Pre­to­ria.

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