Friday, 20 October 2017

South Africa’s President Zuma faces no-confidence vote

Jacob-Zuma

SOUTH Africa’s President Zuma faces a motion of no-confidence as MPs vote in a secret ballot shortly.

Opposition parties believe that MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) would be more likely to vote against the president if their vote is secret.

Protests have broken out in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town, where the vote will take place.

Mr Zuma has so far survived seven no-confidence votes – none held in secret.

The parliament’s speaker, Baleka Mbete, made the decision to hold the vote in secret on Monday, after opposition parties took the case to the Constitutional Court.

At least 50 out of the ANC’s 249 MPs would need to vote against the president in order for the no-confidence motion to pass.

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