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S Africa's ANC recalls Zuma from presidency

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

South Africa's confirmed today it had decided to "recall" scandal-tainted from office but said there was no deadline for him to resign, pitching the country into further uncertainty.

ANC told reporters that had "agreed in principle to resign and had proposed time frames extending from three to six months".

But Magashule said there was no date for to stand down, and added that there would be "continuing interaction" between party officials and Zuma.

"In its wisdom, the NEC (National Executive Committee) decided... to recall its deployee Jacob Zuma," Magashule told reporters.

"The decision by the NEC to recall its deployee was taken only after exhaustive discussion on the impact such a recall would have on the country."

The can "recall" the of state, but the process is a party-level instruction and he is under no constitutional obligation to obey.

The ANC said Zuma would respond to the recall decision tomorrow.

The power struggle over Zuma's departure has put the at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the new of the

The ANCs leadership committee met for 13 hours at a hotel outside Pretoria, and decided in the early hours of today to "recall" Zuma from his post.

A committee member confirmed to AFP that the had asked for three more months in office, and described the request as "hogwash".

"We just felt he meant three months of looting," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The political deadlock has plunged South -- Africa's most developed economy -- into confusion over who is running the country, with a series of public events cancelled last week including the annual State of the Nation address to parliament.

"We know you want this matter to be finalised," Ramaphosa, 65, told a party rally in on Sunday.

"We know you want closure... Because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that."

South African opposition parties have called for early elections as the ANCs leadership battle grinds on.

An opposition request for a no-confidence vote against Zuma, 75, this week was still being considered by the

Zuma's presidency has been marred by corruption scandals, slow economic growth and record unemployment that have fuelled public anger.

He was scheduled to stand down next year after serving the maximum two terms after coming to power in 2009.

In 2008, Zuma's supporters pushed out then-president via a "recall" over allegations of abuse of power.

In local polls in 2016, the ANC recorded its worst electoral result since coming to power with at the helm in 1994 when white-minority rule fell.

The party faces a tricky next year.

Ramaphosa is a former trade unionist and Mandela ally who led talks to end apartheid in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire before returning to

Zuma's hold over the ANC was shaken in December when his chosen successor -- his former wife -- narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to be the new

The ANC has insisted there will be no delay to the budget speech, which is due on February 21.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 19:20 IST