South African President Jacob Zuma Resigns

South African President Jacob Zuma Resigns, by Joel Pollack.

Zuma was forced out by his own ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), whose National Executive Committee (NEC) gave him 48 hours to resign on Tuesday. …

While proclaiming his innocence, Zuma had long been dogged by allegations of corruption and “state capture” by prominent individuals and interests who used their financial influence over Zuma’s circle to control the government.

Zuma had served as president since 2009, after being elected president of the ANC in 2007. He forced President Thabo Mbeki to step down in 2008 — ironically, since Mbeki had dismissed him from office in 2005 over claims that Zuma had been bribed. Zuma was re-elected in 2014, but faced growing dissatisfaction as South Africans began to view him as deeply corrupt, and blamed him for the poor quality of services by the national government.

hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Stephen Neil