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2008-09-25 12:00:18

South Africa's parliament Thursday appointed Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy president of the African National Congress, as the country's interim president. Motlanthe was sworn in and succeeds outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, who stepped down at the request of the ANC, CNN reported. Motlanthe, who has roots in the country's labor movement, will serve as interim president until next year's general elections, scheduled for April. Mbeki resigned Sunday amid claims of political interference in a...

2008-09-25 09:00:19

South Africa's Parliament is expected to tap Kgalema Motlanthe, deputy leader of the African National Congress, to succeed Thabo Mbeki as president. Lawmakers began voting Thursday to appoint a successor to Mbeki, who resigned Sunday amid claims of political interference in a corruption case against Jacob Zuma, the ANC leader expected to be elected president next year, the BBC reported. Mbeki has denied the allegations but said he was stepping down in the interest of party unity. If...

2008-09-23 12:00:20

By Claire Soares The ANC leader Jacob Zuma has sought to reassure South Africans there would be a smooth transition of power following the ousting of President Thabo Mbeki, but left them waiting to hear who will act as caretaker-president until next year's elections. Making his first public appearance since the weekend's dramatic events, Mr Zuma said the decision to recall the sitting president had been "difficult and painful" but stressed: "It had to be taken in the interests of making...

2008-09-22 09:30:00

President Thabo Mbeki went on national television Sunday to announce his resignation and deny that he pressured prosecutors to go after rival Jacob Zuma, whose supporters forced the South African leader from office. Mbeki's departure leaves the ruling African National Congress bitterly divided. - Los Angeles Times the successor An interim president, probably parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, is expected to be named this week. ANC's leader, Jacob Zuma, is likely to run for the office in...

2008-09-22 09:00:19

Excerpt from report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency ANC president Jacob Zuma hinted on Monday that his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe would become acting president, but stopped short of confirming this. [Passage omitted] He called on all ANC ministers and deputy ministers to continue their work, supported by the public service "which is not affected at all by the change". Mbeki tendered his resignation on Sunday night after the ruling party informed...

2008-09-22 03:00:02

Text of report by London-based opposition newzimbabwe.com website on 22 September [Report by Clare Nullis: "Mbeki Resigns After Losing Power Struggle"] South African President Thabo Mbeki told the nation Sunday that he had resigned, having lost a power struggle to a rival tainted by allegations of corruption but poised now to lead the country. In a sombre but dignified speech focusing on the successes and shortcomings of his nine-year presidency, Mbeki said he had submitted a letter to...

2008-09-21 15:00:12

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency President Thabo Mbeki officially started his final cabinet briefing at 4.40 p.m. [local time] at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday. After a tumultuous week which ended with Mbeki being recalled by the ruling ANC, his cabinet gathered with him ahead of his state of the nation address to be broadcast at 7.30 p.m. The mood inside the meeting room was jovial and upbeat with the cabinet...

2008-09-21 09:00:12

Text of report by UK-based Zimbabwean news website Zimdaily.com on 20 September [Unattributed report: "Mbeki To Address Nation Sunday"] South African President Thabo Mbeki will address the nation after a special cabinet meeting Sunday [21 September], the government said, after Mbeki on Saturday [20 September] said he would accept calls for his resignation. "There will be a cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) and then the president will speak to the nation at 7.30 p.m. (1730...

2008-09-20 15:00:18

Text of report by website of non-profit South African Press Association (SAPA) news agency [Report by Mirah Langer] JOHANNESBURG Sept 20 - While the ANC said president Thabo Mbeki's agreement to resign on Saturday will help stabilise the country, some opposition parties and analysts expressed deep concerns for its ramifications for SA [South Africa]. Addressing the media at the Esselen Park conference centre in Kempton Park on the East Rand, African National Congress secretary- general...

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