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South African parliament debates motion to remove president

  • South African DA, Democratic Alliance party leader, Mmusi Maimane, far left, is applauded by his party members after he spoke and called for a motion to remove South African President Jacob Zuma as President at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. South Africa's parliament is debating a motion to remove President Jacob Zuma because of a series of scandals, including possible government corruption linked to the president and some associates. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    South African DA, Democratic Alliance party leader, Mmusi Maimane, far left, is applauded by his party members after he spoke and called for a motion to remove South African President Jacob Zuma as President at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. South Africa's parliament is debating a motion to remove President Jacob Zuma because of a series of scandals, including possible government corruption linked to the president and some associates. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

  • South African DA, Democratic Alliance party leader, Mmusi Maimane, calls for a motion to remove South African President Jacob Zuma as President at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. South Africa's parliament is debating a motion to remove President Jacob Zuma because of a series of scandals, including possible government corruption linked to the president and some associates. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    South African DA, Democratic Alliance party leader, Mmusi Maimane, calls for a motion to remove South African President Jacob Zuma as President at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. South Africa's parliament is debating a motion to remove President Jacob Zuma because of a series of scandals, including possible government corruption linked to the president and some associates. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)  (The Associated Press)

South Africa's parliament is debating a motion to remove President Jacob Zuma because of a series of scandals, including possible government corruption linked to the president and his associates.

The ruling African National Congress party, which has a majority in the parliament, said it will not support the opposition motion against Zuma on Thursday.

While some ANC members have urged Zuma to resign, it is unlikely that significant numbers of ruling party lawmakers will break ranks with the party leadership to back the opposition move against the president.

Some opposition lawmakers have argued unsuccessfully for a secret ballot to be held, believing it would allow ANC legislators to vote for the removal of Zuma without fear of reprisal from their own party.