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Zuma's Presidency at Risk From Secret No-Confidence Ballot

  • South African democracy faces ‘big moment,’ analyst says
  • Top court ruled parliamentary speaker could decide vote format
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Zuma Presidency Hangs on Secret Ballot No-Confidence Vote

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South Africa’s parliament will vote by secret ballot Tuesday on a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said, in a surprise decision that may increase the chances of his ouster.

“I have considered the environment and heard voices expressing doubt in the integrity and values of our 20-year-old constitution,” she told reporters Monday in Cape Town. “We therefore have to use this opportunity to show responsiveness to our people.”