April 12, 2017 / 9:10 AM / 7 months ago

South Africa's parliament says opposition leader can withdraw no-confidence motion

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s parliament said on Wednesday a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma can only be withdrawn by opposition leader Mmusi Maimane and not the Speaker, responding to requests by the opposition to delay the vote.

The leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane speaks during a media briefing in Sandton, South Africa August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Files

The Constitutional Court said on Tuesday it would consider whether the no-confidence vote should be taken by secret ballot. Opposition leader Mmusi Maimane then requested the Speaker to delay the vote until the case was determined.

Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by James Macharia

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