South Africa’s ANC may formally ask Zuma to resign

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) will formally ask for President Jacob Zuma to resign after he refused to do so earlier.

The reported decision to “recall” him followed marathon talks by senior party officials that continued into the early hours of Tuesday.

If Zuma, 75, still does not budge, he will face a vote of confidence in Parliament that he is expected to lose.

In power since 2009, he has been dogged by corruption allegations.

The ANC has not officially confirmed its plans but party sources have described them to South African media outlets.

Zuma has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the anc.

It is unclear how Zuma will respond to the formal request to step down, which is expected to be issued later.

ANC’s Secretary-General Ace Magashule delivered a letter to the embattled president at his official residence in the capital, Pretoria, officially informing him of the party’s decision to “recall” him at a meeting of its top leadership body, the national executive committee (NEC), reports say.

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