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South Africa’s ANC formally asks Zuma to resign 

Johannesburg, Feb 13 (IANS) South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign, a senior party official said.

The decision to “recall” him “urgently” followed marathon talks of the ANC’s top leadership body, the BBC reported.

Zuma, 75, had agreed to step down if he were granted a transition period of three to six months, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

But the ANC rejected Zuma’s proposal and the President’s current stance is unclear.

“South Africa’s going through a period of uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the unresolved matter of transition,” Magashule said, adding that the decision was a difficult one “taken after exhaustive discussions”.

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