South African President Zuma resigns from office

South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned his office with immediate effect. Reports said that President Zuma made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Zuma’s governing ANC party had told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament today. The 75-year-old had been under increasing pressure to give way to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader.

President Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, had been accused of corruption. His resignation came at the end of a long speech in which he said he disagreed with the way the ANC had acted towards him. Meanwhile, the governing African National Congress said it would elect Zuma successor’s today.