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South African Parliament to Debate No Confidence Motion Against President Zuma

The South African parliament will hold a plenary session on February 22 to discuss a motion of non-confidence against president Jacob Zuma. The South African parliament will hold a plenary session on February 22 to discuss a motion of non-confidence against president Jacob Zuma.
Pretoria, Feb 3 (Prensa Latina) The South African parliament will hold a plenary session on February 22 to discuss a motion of non-confidence against president Jacob Zuma, according to reports from the headquarters of the legislative organ in Cape City.

The report coincides with the rejection by parliament president, Baleke Mbete, of immediately holding that debate on the demand of opposition party Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with which action they were trying to prevent Zuma from speaking next Thursday his Speech to the Nation.

This movement is supported by also opposition party Democratic Alliance, that asked Mbete to postpone the Speech to the Nation.

The direction of the legislative organ decided the non-confidence motion against the head of State will not be analyzed until after that speech by the President and the afterward report on the national budget, in charge of Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, scheduled for February 21.

These opposition maneuvers, whose desire is to put Zuma out of the presidential chair as soon as possible, occur amid charges of alleged corruption against the head of State that come back to public light after the National Prosecution annulled a ruling of the High Court of Justice which had rejected those charges.

Yesterday Zuma presented before that organ his arguments not to be processed three hours prior to the deadline given, fixed for midnight.

According to what was informed, the claim of Zuma will be examined by prosecutor Moipone Noko, who heads the group considering the document and will make recommendations to the national director of that organ, Shaun Abrahams, about whether the president should be tried.

The expert in parliamentary issues indicated the head of the legislative organ has no power to postpone the speech of President Zuma before the joint session of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces announced for February 8.

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