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Zuma survives parliament vote

NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION:A coalition of opposition parties and renegade ANC lawmakers failed to gain the majority needed to oust the South African president

The Guardian, Johannesburg

More immediately, his term as president of the ANC expires in December. He is lobbying hard to install former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is his ex-wife, as his successor. Opponents within the party are largely rallying behind Ramaphosa, although there are other names in the mix.

Despite the parliamentary defeat, Maimane hailed the close vote as a victory for the opposition DA.

“Today’s motion of no confidence result is closer than anyone expected. The result reveals an ANC that is totally divided against itself. Jacob Zuma has survived, but he has nothing to celebrate tonight. He is mortally wounded and his party is in tatters. Tonight’s result, despite the slender victory, signals the death of the ANC,” he said in a statement.

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