South Africa : ANC decided to sack Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma sacked by his own party./Ph. DR
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The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's governing political party, decided on Tuesday to «urgently» oust the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, after a 13-hour meeting held by the party’s executive committee, reports the BBC.

According to local media sources, the 107 members of the party’s National Executive Council agreed that the removal should be «treated with urgency». The party has given Zuma a 48-hour time limit to step down.

Cyril Ramaphosa, holding the position of Deputy President of South Africa, is expected to replace Zuma whose presidency term was meant to end in 2019.

Diplomatic Relations between Morocco and South Africa have been at a standstill since the latter recognized the «Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic» in 2004, and Mandela is considered one of the biggest supporters of the separatist Front in Africa.

The leader of the new ruling party, who might succeed Zuma, is unlikely to change his country's position on the Sahara conflict. In his first speech after winning the party's presidency, he declared that his party «reaffirms its support for the inalienable right of the people of Western Sahara Self-determination and independence», adding that «the African National Congress condemns Morocco's withdrawal from the peace process under the auspices of the United Nations, and calls on the international community to push the parties to relaunche negotiations».

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