South Africa's opposition calls for
dissolution of parliament
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[August 09, 2017]
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The
opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday called for South
Africa's parliament to be dissolved and a national election to be held,
one day after its no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma was
Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane said the party would bring the motion to
dissolve parliament to the assembly on Thursday and request that it be
debated as soon as possible.
Zuma, who has been dogged by accusations of corruption and mismanaging
the economy, survived an attempt in parliament to force him from office
on Tuesday. But he was left politically wounded after some members of
his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party voted with the
Maimane told a news conference in Cape Town that the result showed the
ANC was divided and the country needed "a new beginning".
"The ANC may have won in the no-confidence motion in parliament
yesterday, but it has lost the confidence of the country," Maimane said.
"We believe the voters should now have the chance to express their
opinion about the conduct of the ANC in defending Jacob Zuma. In short,
we believe that parliament should be dissolved now so that the country
can hold an early election."
Zuma's term as South Africa's president is due to run until 2019, when
an election is scheduled.
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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma celebrates with his supporters
after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament in Cape Town,
South Africa, August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
It was not clear whether the motion would be allowed and
parliamentary officials could not be reached for comment.
Wednesday is a public holiday in South Africa and government offices
and financial markets were closed.
The rand <ZAR=D3> weakened nearly 1.5 percent immediately after the
news of Zuma's victory, which financial markets saw as a negative.
Zuma, who has held power since 2009, has now survived nine
no-confidence votes despite a record in office marred by allegations
of sleaze and influence-peddling. He hailed his win as a victory for
(Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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