South African President Jacob Zuma resigns

  • Thursday 15, February 2018 in 9:46 AM
Sharjah24 – dpa: South African President Jacob Zuma is stepping down, a day after the ruling party asked him to resign.
"The ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as the president of the republic with immediate effect," Zuma said in a televised address to the nation.

Zuma's resignation comes after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced earlier on Wednesday its plans to remove him on Thursday through a motion of no confidence, should he not resign voluntarily.

Scandal-hit Zuma had been negotiating his exit from office with top ANC decision-makers for more than a week, but a decision on the terms and timeframe of his departure could not be reached.