South Africa’s Zuma defeats vote of no-confidence in parliament

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South Africa's President Jacob Zuma makes opening remarks during the official opening of the U.N.'s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma survived a no-confidence vote on Thursday, over what the opposition called his “reckless leadership”, after the anti-graft watchdog called for an inquiry into allegations of influence-peddling in the government.

“I think the no’s have it,” Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli ruled, after lawmakers of Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC), which controls almost two-thirds of the assembly, voted against the motion and burst into song in support of Zuma.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) called for a re-count, a request which the deputy speaker granted.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by James Macharia)

 

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