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Decision to remove Zuma as head of state has been sanctioned, Senior ANC official says

Decision to remove Zuma as head of state has been sanctioned, Senior ANC official says

A senior member of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party who didn’t want his name mentioned has revealed that the party’s executive committee has decided to “recall,” or remove, President Jacob Zuma as head of state.

“We decided to recall Zuma. He hasn’t been told yet,” the senior ANC source said.

“Cyril went to speak with him,” the source said, adding that when Ramaphosa returned to the meeting, “the discussions were tense and difficult on whether to recall Zuma.”

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Last Friday, the new ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he is in talks with Zuma over a transition of power.

Ramphosa revealed in a statement that he and Zuma had began talks on and hoped to conclude their discussions and report back to country “in coming days”.

Ramaphosa said the process was an opportunity to conclude the matter without causing discord in the country.

Ever since he was elected into power, Zuma has overseen a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption which has resulted in calls for his exit from power.

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