Zuma’s state of nation address postponed

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President Jacob Zuma
President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

The speaker of South Africa’s parliament, Baleka Mbete, said on Tuesday that the president’s state of the nation address, which had been scheduled for Thursday, would be postponed.

Zuma has faced growing pressure to step down as head of state since he was replaced as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December.

Every year since the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa’s annual state of the nation address has been given by South Africa’s president in South Africa’s Parliament.

But two days before this year’s address, parliamentary leaders announced that it would be postponed.

It was not clear when the address would take place. Or whether the embattled president, Jacob Zuma, would deliver it. Or who might do so if he were to resign unexpectedly.


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