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Presidernt Jacob Zuma 

South African President Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

Scandal-tainted Zuma said in a 30-minute national television address that he had "come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect".

"I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with the highest office in the land," he said.

Zuma, whose reputation has been stained by years-long allegations of graft, had been instructed to step down by the African National Congress (ANC) party.

He complained about the process, saying: "I don't fear exiting political office, however, I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its instructions that I vacate office."

Zuma has been at loggerheads with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor as president and the new head of the ANC.

Parliament could elect Ramaphosa as president as early as Thursday or Friday.

FIRE:  What the South Africans practice is democracy as it is in the books, where the party is supreme - and the interest of the party high above the individual Officer holders elected by the party.  This shows it is the party that put the President in power, and not the president's political structures, so the President isd accountable to the party.

This was what happened to the last president before Zuma - Tambo Mbeki when the ANC found him guilty of some inconsistent behaviour, they forced him out and elected Zuma.

This practise stabilizes the polity in a wonderful way, secure the credibility of the electoral process and ensure the president is accountable to the party and by extention the nation.  

South Africa...Please continue this worthy process, Nigerian political parties should follow suite.

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