South Africa’s Zuma dodges ouster bid

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma again sur­vived a no-con­fi­dence vote in Par­lia­ment on Tues­day af­ter months of grow­ing anger over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions and a sink­ing econ­omy.

Zuma sur­vived six pre­vi­ous at­tempts to dis­lodge him in Par­lia­ment, but this was the first held by se­cret bal­lot af­ter par­lia­men­tary Speaker Baleka Mbete made the sur­prise de­ci­sion to al­low it.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties hoped it would en­cour­age leg­is­la­tors with the rul­ing African Na­tional Congress party to vote, without fear of re­tal­i­a­tion, against Zuma, un­der whose lead­er­ship the econ­omy has slipped into re­ces­sion.

In­stead, African Na­tional Congress mem­bers in the cham­ber be­gan singing shortly be­fore the results were an­nounced, while sup­port­ers out­side started to dance. A ju­bi­lant Zuma promised that the African Na­tional Congress would win the next elec­tion in 2019 “in a big num­ber once again.”

AP/THEMBA HADEBE

Op­po­si­tion party mem­bers protest Tues­day in Pre­to­ria, South Africa, against Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ahead of a Par­lia­ment vote in Cape Town on a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in his lead­er­ship.

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