S Africa's Parliament Speaker to Consider Zuma No-confidence Vote Request
The speaker of South Africa's parliament said on Sunday she would consider a request from opposition parties to hold a no confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma.
File photo of South African president Jacob Zuma. (Photograph: Reuters)
Johannesburg: The speaker of South Africa's parliament said on Sunday she would consider a request from opposition parties to hold a no confidence vote on President Jacob Zuma.
Baleka Mbete, who is also the national chairperson of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), made the remarks in a televised news conference after she cut short a trip abroad.
The main opposition parties, the centrist Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters Party (EFF), both wrote Mbete asking that she reconvene parliament and hold an urgent sitting on the issue.
Previous no-confidence motions against Zuma have failed as the ANC has a commanding majority, but there is a growing backlash against him from within his own party and its allies after a string of missteps and scandals.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said he disagreed with the decision to sack Pravin Gordhan, a widely respected finance minister whose ousting could trigger damaging credit ratings downgrades.
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