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South African President Jacob Zuma Asked To Resign

He's been in power for nine years and won't easily back down.

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On Tuesday, the African National Congress (ANC) demanded South African President Jacob Zuma resign, according to a report from CNN.

Amidst political corruption, support for the ANC has weakened, and they wish to replace the current president with the new party leader, Cyril Ramaphosa. 

During a press conference on Tuesday in Johannesburg, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said she knew that Zuma would be reluctant to step down, cling to power and put up a fight.

The ANC failed to give Zuma a deadline only prolonging the transition and highlighting the parties blindspot to face the 75-year-old veteran. Zuma said he would stand down, but only if he could oversee the three to sixth month transition period. 

"South Africa's going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the unresolved matter of transition," Magashule said. 

Zuma has been in power since 2009 and has faced countless scandals. The "Teflon President," nicknamed for his ability to withstand scandal, "faces more than 780 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal," CNN reports.

According to Reuters, he is living on "borrowed time." His term is ending next year and only Parliament has the power to remove him. 

A confidence vote is scheduled for Feb. 22. 

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