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South African president Zuma survives vote of no confidence

South African president Zuma survives vote of no confidence

Jacob Zuma stays on as president of South Africa. He survived Tuesday a vote of no confidence where parliament anonymously voted.

Only 177 of the 400 members of parliament voted for the motion, according to local media. 201 votes were needed to the 75-year-old president to the house to send.

Opposition Democratic Alliance is demanding for months that Zuma leaves and hoped that a anonymous vote, it would help. So did members of the ruling party ANC, which Zuma is also under attack, their leader does not openly fall off. I stayed enough followers behind Zuma. Only thirty ANC members would for the departure of their leader have voted.

Zuma, who themselves are not in the mood, responded excited and triumphant. “We have showed again that the ANC, the party of the people. We are loyal to each other and the opposition can not easily intervene. It is difficult for us to beat. The opposition carries out propaganda by saying that the ANC is not more supported by the people. But that is their own imagination. We are supported by an overwhelming majority.”

Corruption

Parliamentarians of the ruling party started even before the outcome of the vote was known to sing and dance. Outside the parliament were on Tuesday on multiple places in South Africa demonstrators on the streets. They blocked roads in the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg.

The vote followed a two-hour debate in which the function of the president was central. Zuma has survived all earlier similar movements, even though they were never anonymous.

The president is under fire due to several issues, including alleged mismanagement, corruption allegations and the dismissal of the popular minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan.

In april, many thousands of demonstrators took to the streets for the resignation of the president. Cosatu, with almost two million members the largest union of the country and an important ally of the ANC, called Zuma earlier on to resign.

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Jacob Zuma stays on as president of South Africa. He survived Tuesday a vote of no confidence where parliament anonymously voted.
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Zuma, who themselves are not in the mood, responded excited and triumphant.
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Zuma supporters waving flags in Cape town.
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Opponents of Jacob Zuma walked into a mars to a motion of censure against the South African president to support.
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Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Mandla Mandela, applauds as the outcome of the vote is known.
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Apartheid

Some analyses had already counted on that the president, the vote Tuesday would survive. Zuma swings in december anyway, as leader of the ANC, the party that since the end of apartheid in 1994, continuously in power. His mandate as president expires in 2019.

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