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SOUTH AFRICA’S ANC SCHEDULES MEETING, ZUMA THE LIKELY TOPIC
February 12, 2018 - Written by editor

Zuma, who has overseen a tumultuous nine years in power marked by economic decline and numerous allegations

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) will convene a special meeting of its executive body Monday, its spokesman said, amid mounting pressure on President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Spokesman Pule Mabe declined to comment on whether the meeting of the National Executive Committee, which has the power to instruct Zuma to resign, would discuss Zuma’s political future. A senior ANC source told Reuters, however, that the committee was likely to discuss Zuma’s situation at the meeting.

Zuma, who has overseen a tumultuous nine years in power marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption, has been in a weakened position since

he was replaced as ANC leader by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in December.

In this photo supplied by the South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) South African President Jacob Zuma, left, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, right, with minsters and deputy ministers at a scheduled routine meeting.

In this photo supplied by the South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) South African President Jacob Zuma, left, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, right, with minsters and deputy ministers at a scheduled routine meeting.

Ramaphosa has been lobbying for Zuma to resign and has said he hopes to conclude talks with the president “in coming days … in the interests of the country.”

Ramaphosa was scheduled to give a speech later Sunday in Cape Town as part of year-long celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of former President Nelson Mandela, but it was unclear whether he would mention Zuma’s situation.

The ANC called off a special meeting of its executive body to discuss Zuma’s future scheduled for last Wednesday after the president and Ramaphosa agreed to hold talks for a transition of power.

The party has only said that the talks were “constructive.”

Zuma, who no longer holds a top position in the party, has not said whether he will resign voluntarily before his second term as president ends in the middle of next year.

Sources:VOA

 

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