After weeks of pressure from his own party, the African National Congress (ANC), South African President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect. The announcement came at the end of a long televised adress to the nation on Wednesday, in which he stated his disagreement with the ANC’s decision.
On Monday, the ANC had told Zuma to quit or face a vote of no-confidence in parliament on Thursday. The 75-year-old leader, who has served as President of the African country since 2009, declared that he did not fear a motion of no-confidence, adding he had served his people “to the best” of his ability. The ANC has since issued a statement saying Zuma’s resignation provided “certainty to the people of South Africa”.
Resigned President Zuma has been dogged by criminal investigations and corruption allegations during recent years, but has still managed to survive a half dozen no-confidence votes. Meanwhil, Cyril Ramaphosa, who took over from Zuma as ANC leader, is expected to take over as South African President.