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Zuma to Survive No-Confidence Vote, Top Opposition Lawmaker Says

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South African President Jacob Zuma is likely to defeat a motion of no-confidence, irrespective of whether there’s an open vote or secret ballot, as most members of the ruling party will close ranks around him, a senior opposition lawmaker said.

The Democratic Alliance, the biggest opposition party, filed the no-confidence motion in April after Zuma’s decision to fire Pravin Gordhan as finance minister prompted two ratings companies to downgrade the nation’s foreign-currency debt to junk. While Zuma has been implicated in several scandals and faces mounting opposition within the ruling African National Congress, only a handful of its lawmakers have publicly said they will defy a party instruction and vote for his ouster.