South Africa's president survives another vote of no confidence

South Africa's president survives another vote of no confidence

South Africa's president survives another vote of no confidence

South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has survived the 8 no confidence motion against him but some Members of Parliament from his ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), have broken ranks and sided with the opposition during the secret vote.

At least 26 of the 249 MPs of Zuma's ruling African National Congress party voted to unseat him.

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Reacting to the vote, Zuma told supporters gathered outside the parliament in Cape Town: "It's hard to defeat the ANC".

Maimane added that South Africa's current problems, including an economic recession and the extent of corruption allegations against Zuma, ministers and key institutions, constituted extraordinary circumstances that justified early elections. The no-confidence motion needed 201 votes to succeed.

Exulted after the defeating the motion, Mr Zuma maintained that his ANC party was united against the Opposition. Some party members have openly called for Zuma to step aside.

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Mthembu said the ANC caucus feels "vindicated that we, indeed, voted in the best interest of the country and the electorate who gave us a mandate to continue improving their lives".

The official report shows that of 384 lawmakers attending the session, 177 favored Zuma's exit from office, 198 were against and nine abstained.

Mthembu noted that this outcome indicates that more than 25 ANC MPs voted with the opposition.

"You are trying to get a majority you do not have, by saying secret ballot, I think it's unfair, because you are trying to increase a majority you don't have, " he said.

In December, Zuma, who can not run for the third term under the country's legislation, will have to leave the presidential office ahead of the general election.

She claimed the motion of no confidence was the work of an "insurrectionist opposition" whose main aim was to "sow seeds of chaos in society to ultimately grab power".

"The vast majority of ANC MPs are not willing to risk the stability of the party in order to remove Zuma in this fashion", Jonker said.

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