South Africa President Zuma survives no-confidence vote

South Africa President Zuma survives no-confidence vote

South Africa President Zuma survives no-confidence vote

South Africa's Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a no-confidence vote in the parliament against his embattled presidency, despite widespread divisions within the ruling ANC party and growing anger over alleged corruption.

Zuma's political controversies have drawn attention away from South Africa's pressing long-term economic challenges.

Neither Dlamini-Zuma, 67, or Ramaphosa, 64, have declared their intention to run.

The numerous attempts to dislodge Zuma from office have led to some confusion over how many no-confidence votes he has faced.

"His support for Dlamini-Zuma is damaging".

Eight previous no-confidence motions against Mr Zuma failed - but they were all held via an open process. Wednesday was a public holiday in South Africa and government offices and financial markets were closed.

However, the outcome of the vote paints a complicated picture. After a chorus of shouts responded to each call for votes in favor and against, she pronounced, "I think the "no's" have it".

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) broke out in loud cheers and chanting after the speaker of parliament, Baleka Mbete, announced the result of the vote held by secret ballot.

In the end, the opposition got some 40 votes from ANC members.

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The African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties were at loggerheads before proceeding with the vote. Let's fight an election for the future of our country, and let's do it now. The ANC is expected to replace him as party leader at its meeting in December.

Ramaphosa's main rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's former wife, would not be eligible as she is not a lawmaker at present. Numerous ministers he appointed during the cabinet reshuffle in March also have strong local constituencies.

"This is due to the likelihood that ongoing political risk will continue to dominate the South African headlines", Ahmad said in an August 9 note to clients.

It was the eighth time that the opposition have attempted to oust Zuma.

Zuma has appeared to be on the back foot for most of the year. "There was a relatively substantial mutiny", Silke said.

"Zuma's victory does not translate into support for Dlamini-Zuma and neither does it reduce support Ramaphosa", Silke said.

However, the vote was not a rousing success for the governing party.

Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete chose to make the secret ballot after an opposition party moved the case to the Constitutional Court to enable more ANC members of parliament to break party ranks, CNN reported.

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