The Latest: South Africa’s president resigns under pressure

JOHANNESBURG — The Latest on South Africa’s leadership crisis (all times local):

11:05 p.m.

South African President Jacob Zuma says he has resigned “with immediate effect.”

The scandal-tainted leader made the announcement late Wednesday in a televised address to the nation.

Zuma says he has resigned despite his disagreement with the instruction of the ruling African National Congress party to leave office immediately. The ANC had been prepared to pursue a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.

Zuma’s tenure has been marred by years of corruption scandals.

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10:30 p.m.

South Africa is waiting for President Jacob Zuma to deliver the statement he had promised in response to the ruling party’s order to resign.

The presidency had said Zuma would address the nation at the top of the hour but the podium shown on TV screens across the country remains empty.

The ruling African National Congress says it will move to oust the scandal-tainted Zuma in a parliamentary vote if he does not quit voluntarily.

That vote has been set for Thursday afternoon.

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3:05 p.m.

South African President Jacob Zuma says “I will be out” if parliament votes against him in a motion of no confidence set for Thursday.

Zuma’s comment in a live interview on state broadcaster SABC suggests that he will not obey a ruling party order to leave office by the end of Wednesday.

The ruling African National Congress says it will move to oust Zuma in a parliamentary vote if he does not quit voluntarily.

Zuma says he has been “victimized” and that he disagrees with the ANC party’s efforts to remove him. He says he was willing to resign but wanted to stay a few more months on office.

He says he will make a statement later.

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2:30 p.m.

South African President Jacob Zuma says ruling party leaders have not given him clear reasons for why he should resign and he calls his treatment “unfair.”

Zuma broke his silence Wednesday in a live interview with state broadcaster SABC as the nation awaited word on whether he would obey a ruling party order to leave office.

Zuma says the ruling African National Congress has not followed party procedures in trying to unseat him. The ANC wants parliament to vote Thursday on a motion of no confidence if he doesn’t resign Wednesday.

“I need to be furnished on what I’ve done,” Zuma says. “What is this hurry?”

The president has not commented in the ongoing interview on whether he will resign.

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2:05 p.m.

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Source:: Nationalpost

      

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