South African President Jacob Zuma announced his resignation Wednesday in a nationally televised speech. Zuma has been at the center of several scandals during his nine-year tenure, with critics claiming that his friends and family profited handsomely from his presidency. On Monday, the leadership of Zuma's party, the African National Congress, called for his resignation. Hours before he resigned, Zuma said such calls were "unfair," but after the ANC announced that it would move to hold a "no-confidence" vote against him in parliament, Zuma acquiesced to his party's demand. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will replace Zuma until the country's National Assembly votes on a replacement.
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