South Africa's ruling party ordered Jacob Zuma on Tuesday to step down as head of state after marathon talks over the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid 'Rainbow Nation'.
The decision comes on the back of a 13-hour meeting among the party's top officials.
It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Zuma, a masterful politician who has escaped many dire predicaments throughout his career, would oppose the effort.
South African President Jacob Zuma was presented with two options by his party Monday: Resign within 48 hours or face dismissal.
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