No-confidence vote looms as Zuma clings to power

Feb 12, 2018, 6:21 AM EST
S. Africa's President Jacob Zuma faces 18 counts of corruption.
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South Africa’s ruling party the ANC is expected to hold a no-confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma after the tainted leader refused to step down following nearly five days of talks with the party head and the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Zuma, facing 18 counts of corruption, is certain to lose the no-confidence vote scheduled in the parliament within 10 days, writes The Guardian. Zuma, despite being popular figure among party’s youth and women’s leagues, has apparently brought disrepute to the ANC, even costing it the municipal polls in 2016.

President Zuma is not legally obliged to quit even if the National Executive Committee of the ANC asks him to, so he can continue his tenure provided he enjoys the backing of the parliament, notes the BBC.