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S African opposition parties call for early elections

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

South African opposition parties today called for early elections as the ruling ANC wrestled with a leadership battle between and his deputy,

"We must proceed to the dissolution of parliament... subsequent to that, we move on to an early election," told reporters, speaking alongside several opposition parties.

The ANC's executive committee held a special meeting today, and could "recall" Zuma from office.

But Zuma - who has refused to resign - would be under no constitutional obligation to obey the order.

Julius Malema, of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters party, said the extended deadlock was a political crisis for the country and called for an immediate of no confidence to oust Zuma.

"Once we remove Zuma, parliament must be dissolved," he said.

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

Zuma has not spoken publicly since being asked to resign by senior ANC officials on February 4.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 20:40 IST