February 14, 2018 / 9:23 PM / a year ago

South Africa's ANC says Zuma's resignation gives country certainty

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma gestures after announcing his resignation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The resignation of South African President Jacob Zuma as head of state brings certainty to a country gripped in political drama for weeks, a senior official in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday.

“This decision provides certainty to the people of South Africa at a time when economic and social challenges to the country require an urgent and resolute response,” said the ANC’s deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte.

The ANC had called on Zuma to resign and told him that it would sack him via a parliamentary vote of no-confidence if he did not resign.

Reporting by Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by James Macharia

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