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President Zuma faces another parliamentary no-confidence vote

August 3, 2017 - SOUTH AFRICA

Parliamentarians vote on a no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma. The scandal-tainted Zuma has survived eight previous no-confidence votes.

Zuma, 74, has been engulfed by corruption scandals and a sluggish economy since he came to power in 2009. Though he faces growing criticism and key allies within the governing African National Congress are calling for him to step down as South Africa's president, he appears to have enough support to serve a full second term until the general election in 2019.

Reuters reports that consultations were under way to determine whether the ballot would be held in secret. The country's top court ruled earlier in June that secret ballots may be held for motions of no confidence in parliament, a potential blow to the tenure of Zuma. He insists such a vote would be unfair.

South Africa's Zuma to face no-confidence vote in August (Reuters Jun 2017)

Date written/update: 2017-07-07