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South Africa's President Zuma faces no-confidence vote

PRESSURE: President Jacob Zuma

SOUTH AFRICA's President Zuma faces a motion of no-confidence as MPs vote in a secret ballot today, the BBC reports.

Opposition parties believe that MPs from the governing African National Congress (ANC) would be more likely to vote against the president if their vote is secret.

So far, Zuma has survived seven no-confidence votes, however none of them were held in secret.
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The parliament's speaker, Baleka Mbete, made the decision to hold the vote in secret on Monday (August 6), after opposition parties took the case to the Constitutional Court.

At least 50 out of the ANC's 249 MPs would need to vote against the president in order for the no-confidence motion to pass.

According to the BBC, criticism of Zuma has increased this year, after he fired his widely-respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, in March, amid accusations that the president had become too close to the wealthy Gupta family, who are accused of trying to influence politician decisions - including the sacking of Gordhan.

UPDATE: President Zuma has survived yet another motion of no confidence with 198 MPs supporting him and 177 against.

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