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Mbeki is gone as president of SA.

The culmination of the Jacob Zuma trail has brought a premature and shameful end to his unbalanced presidency. It's a story that goes to the very heart of SA's political workings and deserves expanding... But no promises from me yet - there are at least 10 things queueing for my work...

ANC dumps Mbeki, moves to 'heal rift' - Mail & Guardian Online: The smart news source

South African President Thabo Mbeki has agreed to resign after the ANC announced that it would remove him from office before the end of his term.

"Following the decision of the national executive committee of the African National Congress to recall President Thabo Mbeki, the president has obliged and will step down after all constitutional requirements have been met," the presidency said.

The move could collapse the government and prompt early elections.

Mbeki has been mired in accusations that he conspired to undermine ANC leader Jacob Zuma.

"Our movement has been through a trying period and we are determined to heal the rift that might exist. In light of this and after a long and difficult discussion, the ANC has decided to recall the president of the republic before his term of office expires," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters in Kempton Park on the East Rand.

"Our decision has been communicated to him," said Mantashe.

Mantashe said that Mbeki's reaction to the news was "normal".
by Nomad on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 12:18:26 PM EST
Hey Nomad! Well, as you say, your desk is full with waiting line - but sure would enjoy reading anything else you may have to say about this. I have ony heard rumblings, and have zero understanding of what is going on - except (on another tangent) how Mbeki seemed to always be coddling Mugabe, which is awful, and Mbeli's weird ideas about HIV/AIDS (whil ehis country is ravsihed by the Pandemic). So not a real god impression, I guess...is SA going to get something better? or...what is next, any idea??

(And good to hear from, as always!)

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Sun Sep 21st, 2008 at 01:07:06 PM EST
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