South African’s Zuma at risk in secret ballot ‘no confidence’ vote

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AFP

© Rodger Bosch / AFP | South African President Jacob Zuma sitting while waiting at the podium for opposition parties to finish questioning during a session at the South African Parliament, September 13, 2016.

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Latest update : 2017-08-08

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote by secret ballot in parliament Tuesday, with opponents hoping that discontented ANC lawmakers could help oust him from office.

Criticism of Zuma from within the African National Congress (ANC) has grown over corruption scandals and economic woes, and the celebrated party of Nelson Mandela has declined sharply at the polls.

But the ANC — which holds a large majority in parliament — welcomed the decision to hold the vote by secret ballot and said it expected the no-confidence motion to fail.

Several opposition parties will lead a protest to the national assembly in Cape Town on Tuesday ahead…

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