South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma Resigns

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South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect.

“No life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name,” he said during a nationally televised political address Wednesday. “I have therefore come to the decision to resign as President of the republic with immediate effect.”

Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous allegations of corruption.

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His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him.

After his resignation announcement, Zuma said he disagreed with the decision of his political party and that he has always been a “disciplined member of the ANC.”

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“As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organization I have served all of my life in,” Zuma said.

Zuma, 75, survived multiple attempts by opposition parties to oust him during his more than eight years in power, earning him the nickname of the “Teflon president.”

The ANC issued a statement saying Mr Zuma’s resignation provided “certainty to the people of South Africa”.

Deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte told reporters: “President Zuma remains a principled member of the ANC. The ANC wants to salute the outstanding contribution he has made.”

Mr Zuma, a former member of the ANC’s military wing in the days of apartheid, rose through the ranks of the party to become president. He led the country for more than a third of its time after apartheid.

But he leaves office with several scandals hanging over him, and with South Africa’s economy in dire straits.

 

 

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