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South Africa’s “Teflon President” Might Be Finally Be Kicked Out Of Office. This Is Why.

Embattled South African President Jacob Zuma is facing mounting pressure from within his own party to step down amid years of allegations of corruption.

The ruling political party of South Africa has finally asked its president to resign, potentially breaking weeks of deadlock.

The ruling political party of South Africa has finally asked its president to resign, potentially breaking weeks of deadlock.

Known as the “teflon president,” the 75-year-old Jacob Zuma was first elected in 2009.

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Zuma’s future as president plunged into uncertainty when mounting tensions from various opposition parties prompted him to postpone his State of the Nation speech last week.

Zuma’s future as president plunged into uncertainty when mounting tensions from various opposition parties prompted him to postpone his State of the Nation speech last week.

It was the first time a president has had to make such a move since former President Nelson Mandela’s inaugural speech in 1994.

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Zuma’s tenure over the African National Congress (ANC) will probably be remembered for epic allegations of corruption — and the continuing downward spiral of Nelson Mandela’s party.

Zuma’s tenure over the African National Congress (ANC) will probably be remembered for epic allegations of corruption — and the continuing downward spiral of Nelson Mandela’s party.

While he did champion lifesaving AIDS drugs that his predecessor mocked, the allegations stacked against Zuma are plentiful enough to drag down his reputation. His connections to the wealthy Gupta family have drawn particular scrutiny, with reports alleging that the Indian family profited from his presidency. (Both Zuma and the Gupta brothers have repeatedly denied these reports.)

He also has long-standing allegations of corruption dating back to before his presidency looming over him.

There have also been accusations of rape, with one of the more notable testimonies coming from Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, who wrote a book about her experience, and died in 2016.

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Despite all this, Zuma survived his sixth no-confidence vote last August.

Despite all this, Zuma survived his sixth no-confidence vote last August.

But after more than a decade of his rule, many in the ANC want Zuma out ahead of the 2019 presidential elections, desperate to avoid another experience like the 2016 election. The once dominant party experienced its worst performance since the end of Apartheid in 1994, losing to the Democratic Alliance in the capital Pretoria.

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The opportunity to remove Zuma was set in motion in December last year, when party members voted to replace him at the top of the party with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The opportunity to remove Zuma was set in motion in December last year, when party members voted to replace him at the top of the party with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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South African First Lady Tobeka Madiba Zuma posted a controversial caption to an Instagram photo of herself with the president, warning “don’t fight with someone who is not fighting you.”

The Zuma family quickly issued an apology for the first lady’s post, but it's been viewed another example of the family’s attitude that many in the ANC – and the country – now see as toxic.

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Earlier this week Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA who triumphed over the ANC in 2016, called for the immediate removal of Zuma and his “cronies.”

Earlier this week Mmusi Maimane, leader of the DA who triumphed over the ANC in 2016, called for the immediate removal of Zuma and his “cronies.”

“We reject any amnesty deal as an insult,” he said.

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Now, following today’s ballot, Zuma has 48 hours to respond to the ANC’s call for his resignation.

Now, following today’s ballot, Zuma has 48 hours to respond to the ANC’s call for his resignation.

If he accepts, Ramaphosa will be the party's pick to take over. If Zuma refuses to accept the party's call, he will force parliament to initiate a vote of no confidence – the seventh in his presidency.

Ahead of the vote on February 22, Maimane has called on South Africans to “flood the streets.”

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Omarosa Says We’d Beg To Have Trump Back If Mike Pence Became President

In a preview for the latest episode of Celebrity Big Brother, former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman said that Vice President Mike Pence would make an even more terrifying president than Donald Trump. “Can I just say this? As bad as y’all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence,” she said, surrounded by […]

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The President Of The Philippines Said His Soldiers Should Shoot Rebel Women In The Vagina

Rodrigo Duterte.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week told soldiers under his command that when engaging with rebel women, they should shoot them in the vagina.

Duterte, a former mayor of Manila who has made numerous incendiary remarks since taking office in 2016, made the comments while speaking to former rebels at a private event on Feb. 7.

During his speech, he described an imaginary conversation between a general and a solider: “'Are there any women holding guns?' 'Sir, she's a fighter.
An Amazon.' 'Shoot the [slang term for vagina].'”

The official transcript of Duterte's comments released by his office replaces the word “vagina” and the slang for it with a set of dashes. According to the transcript, the male audience laughed.

“Tell the soldiers. 'There's a new order coming from the mayor. We
won't kill you. We will just shoot your vagina so that…” If there are no vaginas it would be useless,” he said, according to local media reports.

Duterte went on to wonder aloud why any woman would join the communist New People's Army (NPA).

“We have pills for free,” he said. “Why would you give birth six, seven times and you're an NPA? Then you'd go to war, you leave your family behind. I feel pity for the person.”

Duterte's comments went mostly unnoticed until a Facebook post on Sunday from feminist group Gabriela condemned them. The president's “latest nasty remark openly encourages violence against women, contributes to the impunity on such, and further confirms himself as the most dangerous macho-facist in the government right now,” the post read.

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Human Rights Watch on Sunday issued a statement, calling Duterte's comments “the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory, and demeaning statements he has made about women.”

It's been one inflammatory comment after another from Duterte, who has been frequently compared to US President Donald Trump for his penchant to say exactly what runs through his head. Much like Trump, when confronted with his statements, Duterte's office insists that he was joking. Last week, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that women were overreacting to Duterte's attacks on women, saying “I mean, that’s funny. Come on. Just laugh.”

Trump has praised Duterte on more than one occasion, drawing scorn from human rights advocates who point to the ongoing war against drug users in the Philippines. That war has compelled the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary investigation into whether crimes against humanity have taken place under Duterte's orders.

Still, Duterte's popularity hasn't waned among his electorate. A poll released in late January showed that 79% of those surveyed were satisfied with Duterte's performance, compared to just 9% who were dissatisfied. Another poll showed 82% of the populace trusts him. Both numbers represent all-time highs in the country.

Fox & Friends begs President Trump to speak out against domestic violence

On Monday morning, Fox & Friends‘ Ainsley Earhardt closed an interview with White House spokesman Hogan Gidley by begging him to urge President Trump to speak out more forcefully against domestic violence.

Alluding to the photographic evidence of domestic abuse that resulted in the ouster of former White House aide Rob Porter from his job last week, Earhardt asked Gidley, “Will you and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, will y’all get together and maybe advise [Trump] and talk to him about, this is an opportunity when he can come out against domestic violence? I mean those pictures are horrific.”

Gidley replied by noting that while the photos of Porter’s ex-wife sporting a black eye are “absolutely” horrific, “the president has been out against domestic violence for a long time.”

“The president deplores — he thinks that domestic violence is grotesque, he said that on multiple occasions, and there is no place for it in this country, there is no place for it in this White House, and the president won’t stand for it,” he said.

These are things that Trump has not said.

Instead of condemning domestic violence, Trump responded to the accusations against Porter on Friday by praising him and wishing him well. Then, on Saturday, Trump dismissed the allegations and strongly suggested that Porter had been wrongfully accused.

Earlier during the Fox & Friends interview, host Brian Kilmeade asked Gidley why Trump seems unwilling to speak out publicly against domestic violence. Gidley replied by saying Trump “has been very clear” that he opposes “all forms of battery against women.”

“I don’t know if [Trump is] gonna say that publicly or not, and I have not spoken with the president about this, but I can say we lean on a process here at the White House and quite frankly, as soon as we found out about this on Tuesday, by Wednesday Rob Porter was gone,” Gidley said.

This wasn’t true. White House counsel Don McGann was informed about the allegations against Porter in January 2017 and Chief of Staff John Kelly was fully informed since last fall. Even after the allegations were made public, Kelly’s initial response was a full-throated defense of Porter.

“The president has been very clear that all forms of abuse, all forms of battery against women are deplorable and disgusting,” Gidley continued.

“But he hasn’t said that,” Kilmeade interjected.

“Right, but you haven’t talked to him today,” Gidley said.

Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah acknowledged last week that senior White House officials knew about the abuse allegations against Porter for months, but allowed him to stay on in his role handling sensitive White House documents anyway. Shah said the decision to move on from Porter was only made when the photo of his ex-wife with a black eye was published by media outlets.

Kilmeade and Earhardt had good reason to believe Trump was watching while they gently raked him over the coals on Monday. Trump frequently live-tweets Fox & Friends — including earlier Monday, when he responded to a segment with a tweet tagging the program’s account.


Kim Jong-un Just Invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in To Visit North Korean Capital Pyongyang

While President Trump and Vice President Pence proceed to use severe rhetoric when discussing relations with North Korea, the governments of the two Koreas are continuing to take diplomatic steps to ease tensions that have existed between them for decades. The latest show of cooperation is a surprising invitation to the North Korean capital Pyongyang […]

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