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South Africa's main opposition wants to dissolve parliament

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces a no confidence vote President of South Africa Jacob Zuma faces a no confidence vote
Andrew Cummings | 11 August, 2017, 00:39

Typically secret ballots are used in referendums to protect the identity of citizens. "They will realize in 2019 when we win in a big number once again". "We have never doubted... this motion was never about President Jacob Zuma, it was about collapsing government".

The ANC is expected to replace him as party leader when it meets in December. Some members of his own party voted against Zuma. Opposition parties had hoped it would encourage disgruntled ANC legislators to vote against him.

"Therefore the vote of no confidence in the president is accordingly negated", Mbete said. Its no-confidence motion said Mr Zuma had "lost all sense of rationality and sound judgment", harming the country's poorest citizens.

He denies all the corruption allegations against him. The ANC holds 246 parliamentary seats, but several members have already indicated publicly that they will vote against Zuma.

The African National Congress has 249 seats in the 400-seat parliament and the opposition controls 151 seats.

Demonstrators - for and against Zuma - had gathered outside the Cape Town parliament.

But at that point, a call came to hold the vote by secret ballot, as had been planned.

Zuma has always been dogged by accusations of corruption.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says that his party will bring a motion to dissolve Parliament.

The rand fell by 1 per cent immediately after the result was announced. He's both president of the country and his political party, the African National Congress.

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File of South Africa president Jacob Zuma.

Mr Zuma easily survived an impeachment vote in 2016 after South Africa's highest court ruled he had breached the constitution over government funds spent renovating his private home. A similar replacement process kicked into gear after the ANC recalled former President Thabo Mbeki in 2008. While most opposition parties appear united in the cause to remove the president, there are about five opposition votes that are uncertain or even unlikely to support it.

A total of 177 Members of Parliament voted in favour of the motion, while 198 voted against it and nine abstained.

"The people of South Africa look to parliament to give direction in challenging times".

"The vast majority of ANC MPs are not willing to risk the stability of the party in order to remove Zuma in this fashion". If the motion succeeds, he must resign.

Across the country, there were huge marches and protests as the elected leaders debated the issue of Zuma's removal.

Parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete decided 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.

Some analysts saw the 75-year-old's survival of the no-confidence vote as a victory considering the outcome could have been much worse.

"Mbete's decision was made knowing that Zuma will be secure", Darias Jonker, of the New York-based Eurasia political analysis consultancy, said.

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