South African President Ordered to Step Down
It’s time to go. President Jacob Zuma was told to resign within 48 hours by his ruling African National Congress party yesterday. His nine years in power saw economic decline and hundreds of charges of corruption leveled against him. Zuma — already replaced as party leader by reformist Cyril Ramaphosa — is nevertheless refusing to step down, and his spokesperson called reports that he’d resigned “fake news.” A formal request to step down will be issued today, and if Zuma ignores it he’ll face a no-confidence vote in Parliament Feb. 22.