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The Party Is Over for Jacob Zuma

The long-term leader of South Africa has outlived countless scandals. It was party politics that finally brought him down.
Source: Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

After nine years in power, Jacob Zuma announced Wednesday he was immediately resigning from the office of president of South Africa. He outlasted scandal after scandal, but could not survive overt rejection by his party. The new leader of the African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, had made clear

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