South African President Zuma survives secret ballot no confidence vote


South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived an eighth vote of no confidence - despite the ballot being held in secret.


He garnered 198 votes to the opposition's 177 votes as African National Congress (ANC) lawmakers rallied to his support.

Opposition parties had hoped the secret vote would mean MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) might side with them against the president.

The motion was called amid repeated allegations of corruption.

The opposition had hoped ANC MPs might vote against their leader if the ballot was secret.


In order for the no-confidence motion to pass, at least 50 out of the ANC's 249 MPs would have had to vote against the president.


Zuma, 75, has held power since 2009.

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