South Africa’s ruling party says president must leave office

South African president Jacob Zuma.
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South African president Jacob Zuma.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling party says the scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma must leave office.

Ace Magashule, secretary-general of the African National Congress, says the party’s national executive committee has decided to ‘‘recall’’ Zuma, who has been discredited by corruption scandals.

Magashule says Zuma previously had agreed to resign but wanted to stay in office for several more months, a condition that the party committee rejected.


If Zuma refuses his party’s instruction, the matter could go to parliament for a vote on a motion of no confidence.

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Magashule says he does not know how the scandal-tainted president will respond to the party’s declaration that he must leave office. ‘‘I don’t know what will happen, but let’s leave it to President Jacob Zuma.’’ Ace Magashule said.

Magashule says the African National Congress is looking forward to an ‘‘amicable solution’’ and that ‘‘it’s obvious’’ that the party wants Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.