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What happens if the vote of no confidence succeeds?

Tuesday’s vote of no confidence has been declared a secret ballot by National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. This unprecedented move could possibly increase the number of “nay” votes for the president and a shift in leadership could be on the cards. Here’s what will happen if the vote is successful in unseating Jacob Zuma.

  1. Resignation: The president is required to resign
  2. Acting president: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete becomes acting president, with all the powers, functions and responsibilities of the head of state.
  3. Election: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng sets a date for National Assembly to elect a new president from its members. This must occur within 30 days of the vacancy. If there is more than one candidate, the vote will be done by secret ballot and will be affirmed by Mogoeng or an appointed judge. Once a person is elected President, that person is no longer a member of parliament.
  4. The National Assembly will be dissolved if a new president is not elected within the designated 30 days. New general elections will be called. SA



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