South African President Jacob Zuma said he has resigned “with immediate effect.” The scandal-tainted leader made the announcement late Wednesday in a televised address to the nation.
Zuma said he has resigned despite his disagreement with the instruction of the ruling African National Congress party to leave office immediately. The ANC had been prepared to pursue a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.
Zuma’s tenure has been marred by years of corruption scandals. He has been in a vulnerable position since December, when his rival Cyril Ramaphosa was chosen to lead the party, the BBC reports.
Given that Ramaphosa is deputy president, as well as ANC leader, the office of the presidency will most likely see Ramaphosa step in, according to the BBC. It is thought, whoever, that he would rather get his own mandate in next year’s election and in the meantime would not seek to stay president.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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