South Africa's ruling party tells Jacob Zuma to resign from office

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South Africa's ruling ANC party on Tuesday "recalled" scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from office but set no deadline for him to step down, pitching the country into further uncertainty.

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma was clinging to power Tuesday after his ruling African National Congress party held a marathon meeting to decide his future.

Secretary general Ace Magashule and his deputy, Jessie Duarte, delivered the party's recall letter to Zuma at his official residence in Pretoria.

After being the subject of several "no-confidence" votes in recent years, Zuma has as resisted pressure to resign and has remained as president after repeated corruption allegations.

An opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence in Zuma had been scheduled for February 22, but the ruling party joined opposition leaders in pushing for the date to be moved to this week in a rare show of unity among rival political factions.

The African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party, has chose to remove President Jacob Zuma from his role, a source told Reuters.

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"I need to be furnished on what I've done", the 75-year-old president said.

Yesterday representatives from the ACDP, AIC, COPE, DA, EFF, FF+, PAC and UDM met in Cape Town to discuss the removal of Jacob Zuma as President of the Republic of South Africa. "Zuma is very emotional", News 24 quoted an official, who was present at the meeting between the ANC leadership and the president, as saying.

Should Zuma refuse to obey the NEC's order to step down, the party could tell its lawmakers to use their majority in parliament to vote him out of office, clearing the way for Ramaphosa to take over.

The ANC said Zuma would respond to the recall decision tomorrow.

Zuma retains significant support inside the party and at a local level in many parts of South Africa.

However, he would then be expected to face a confidence vote in parliament.

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Meanwhile, the African National Congress (ANC) party has given Zuma until the end of the day to resign.

Mr Zuma's position has grown increasingly tenuous since the December election, with many in the ANC wanting him gone to allow Mr Ramaphosa to rebuild the party's shattered image ahead of a general election next year.

The political wrangle plunged South Africa - the continent's most developed economy - into confusion over who is running the country, with last week's annual State of the Nation address cancelled.

He was scheduled to stand down next year after serving the maximum two terms after coming to power in 2009.

Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas deny the allegations.

Zuma faces 783 criminal charges, including money laundering, racketeering and fraud linked to a government arms deal procurement deal in 1999.

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