South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has resigned from office with immediate effect.
Zuma made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to resign or face a vote of no confidence in parliament on Thursday.
Zuma has been in power since 2009, but his administration has been riddled with many allegations of corruption.
In 2016, South Africa’s highest court ruled that Zuma violated his oath of office when he used an estimated $15 million of government money to upgrade his private home. Zuma later repaid some of the funds, but, the BBC says, a court ruled that parliament failed to properly hold the president to account and must lay down guidelines for impeachment.