Saturday, September 20, 2008

Mbeki's presidency teeters but holds for now

from the NYTimes, who needs a better headline writer ("teeters" ? like in teetertotter?)

JOHANNESBURG — The presidency of Thabo Mbeki teetered precariously near an ignominious end on Friday, as members of his party’s national executive committee met late into the night deciding whether to tell him to resign before his term expires next year.

“The debate is actually in the middle of nowhere,” Gwede Mantashe, the secretary general of the African National Congress, told reporters...

Last December, Jacob Zuma, who was once Mr. Mbeki’s deputy, defeated his former boss for the leadership of the A.N.C.....

Summary: after a court again threw out charges against Zuma, his supporters are mad, figuring Mbeki was behind the will he resign, or will they have to impeach him?...

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