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South African President Jacob Zuma Resigns

South African President Jacob Zuma Resigns

Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, resigned on Wednesday in a nationwide address.

Zuma was forced out by his own ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), whose National Executive Committee (NEC) gave him 48 hours to resign on Tuesday.

South African news website Independent Online reports:

He forced President Thabo Mbeki to step down in 2008 — ironically, since Mbeki had dismissed him from office in 2005 over claims that Zuma had been bribed.

Zuma was re-elected in 2014, but faced growing dissatisfaction as South Africans began to view him as deeply corrupt, and blamed him for the poor quality of services by the national government.

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