Se­cret bal­lot could spell trou­ble for Zuma’s rule

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG | South Africa’s par­lia­ment will vote by se­cret bal­lot Tues­day on a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence on Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, the leg­isla­tive body’s speaker an­nounced. Mon­day’s sur­prise an­nounce­ment on the vote, which could end Mr. Zuma’s pres­i­dency, was made by Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Scores of an­tiZuma pro­test­ers marched through Cape Town to the par­lia­ment build­ing Mon­day. Larger demon­stra­tions, both for and against the long-serv­ing pres­i­dent, are planned for Tues­day at the par­lia­ment build­ing be­fore the vote.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties have lob­bied for months for an anony­mous no­con­fi­dence vote to pro­vide cover to dis­grun­tled mem­bers of Mr. Zuma’s African Na­tional Congress who may fear com­ing out against their leader in an open bal­lot.


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