South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign over recurring corruption allegations.
BBC quoted ANC’s secretary-general, Ace Magashule as saying that the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decided the removal should be “treated with urgency”.
The decision to “recall” him “urgently” followed marathon talks of the ANC’s top leadership body.
Earlier, Mr Zuma had agreed to step down but only in the next three to six months, the official added.
Zuma, 75, has been in power since 2009, but his tenure has been marred with corruption allegations.
He has since resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC.
Despite ANC saying, however, “the decision is now final”, Mr Zuma told Mr Magashule that he “did not believe the NEC has the right” to make such a ruling.
He said the president was expected to respond to the NEC’s decision on Wednesday, although they had given him no deadline.
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