February 15, 2018 / 12:20 AM / in 6 months

U.S. says watching South African political developments 'with interest'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it was watching political developments in South Africa “with interest” after President Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from the ruling African National Congress.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announces his resignation at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

“We are aware of Zuma’s resignation and are watching the political developments underway in South Africa with interest,” a State Department official said in a statement. “This is an internal matter that reflects the will of South Africa’s elected leadership.” [nL8N1Q40KT]

Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Diane Craft

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