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this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 8pm. what next for northern ireland? talks to restore a power sharing government at stormont have collapsed. the uk government believes a deal can still be reached. the position of the uk government remains the same. devolved government is in the best interests of everyone in northern ireland, and is best for the union. the former zimbabwean prime minister morgan tsvangirai has died — the 65 year old's career is marked by his political struggle against robert mugabe. after refusing calls to stand down, south african president jacob zuma says he'll address the nation this evening. and this is the same now at the union buildings in pretoria, where that address from mr zuma is expected to take place very shortly. we will bring you that live. life in prison for the builder who kidnapped, raped and murdered his 20—year—old niece. also tonight...
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inspiring hope and encouraging unity: borisjohnson‘s rallying call for everyone to get behind his vision of brexit. in the first of a series of ministerial speeches in the run up to our departure from the eu, the foreign secretary also said brexit is irreversible. and what's six times eight? we will be testing a maths teacher and his son, as thousands of primary school children in england prepare for assessment of their times tables. good evening and welcome to bbc news. let's just show you the scene live in pretoria in south africa, where presidentjacob in pretoria in south africa, where president jacob zuma is expected to
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speak any time and now in fact, after a ll speak any time and now in fact, after all those calls for him to resign. he is going to be addressing the nation from the union buildings there in pretoria. the ruling african national congress party has already instructed mr zuma to resign, and said that its lawmakers will vote effectively to sack him in a vote of no confidence in parliament tomorrow, if he doesn't resign beforehand. so one way or another, it looks like he has very little time left as president of south africa. he has made a television interview a little earlier on today, saying that he's been victimised by his party and u nfa i rly been victimised by his party and unfairly treated, but as soon as he comes to the podium in pretoria, we will bring that to you, live. talks to end the political stalemate in northern ireland appear to have collapsed. arlene foster, the leader of the democratic unionists, says attempts to find a compromise with sinn fein have failed, and that there is no prospect of restoring northern ireland's devolved power—sharing government.
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sinn fein has blamed the dup, saying it walked away after an agreement had been reached. let's go over to our belfast newsroom and get the latest from our correspondent keith doyle. yes, good evening. the dup and sinn fein shared power up to 13 months ago, when sinn fein knocked out of a bitter row. at the start of the week, the prime minister and the taoiseach came here, because at that like there were some sort of resolution in the air, but as the hours and the days went by, it seemed pretty clear that resolution was not going to come. there are still bitter divisions between the two parties, namely on the irish language. now the dup leader arlene foster ruled out any hope of an agreement, and a quote from her this afternoon, she has said unionists will not countenance a stand—alone 01’ will not countenance a stand—alone or freestanding irish language act. and sinn fein‘s insistence on that
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means that we have reached an impasse. she then goes on to say there is no prospect of an executive being formed. so that means there is no deal, and there is no power—sharing executive going to be reformed here in the nearfuture. this is what the dup and sinn fein had to say. as a result of our inability at the stage to reform an executive i think it is incumbent on her majesty's government to step in to come forward with a budget, and start taking some key decisions about health, around education, around infrastructure, and taking those decisions on the matter that really matter to the people of northern ireland. i think it is unfortunate we have not been able to reach a successful conclusion to the talks at this time. it is by far our preference that northern ireland be opened by locally accounted ministers. that remains our aim. opened by locally accounted ministers. that remains ouraim. we will continue to work for that. we did and had an accommodation with the dup, in terms of all of the
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issues which are well— known to you all. the dup failed to close on that deal, on the accommodation which we had found, so the dup leadership had failed to come forward and close on theissues failed to come forward and close on the issues where we did find an accommodation. so these issues are not going to go away. myself and marylou mcdonald are against with both governments and the art to do that, and tomorrow we will set out a more fulsome response in relation to from here. there has been no executive here, no government since january last year and all decisions have been taken by civil servants. any big spending decisions, they simply haven't been taken at all. westminster passed a budget for northern ireland just to keep the wheels turning here but day—to—day politics have been in a limbo. with no prospect of a deal to restore the power—sharing executive, the northern ireland secretary has said, in her words, there are challenging decisions to be made. over the past
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few weeks, both parties have conducted discussion seriously and in good faith. while substantive process towards an agreement has been made, it appears that this phase of talks has reached a conclusion. i would urge everyone to reflect on the circumstances which have led to this, and their positions, both now and in the future. the position of the uk government remains the same. devolved government is the best interest of everyone in northern ireland and is best for union. i believe the basis for accommodation still exists. we heard sinn fein say that the issues are not going away, whether it is days, weeks, or months, and they do have to be dealt with. the dup have said it is now incumbent on her majesty's government to set a budget and start making policy decisions about our schools, hospitals and infrastructure, and between the lines that really means they are looking at direct rule from london. of course, underlining all of this
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is that the conservatives rely on the dup's support in westminster, so the dup's support in westminster, so the options now, well, they include that direct rule from london. that is something the british and irish governments including one. the other option is more elections for the assembly here in northern ireland, but it is unclear whether that will resolve anything either. and we'll be speaking to the veteran journalist and author, david mckittrick , who's been reporting on northern ireland since 1971 , about the collapse of the talks in about ten minutes from now. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are the political commentator & former tory adviserjo—anne nadler and the journalist james rampton. in the past hour, it's been announced that zimba bwe's main opposition leader morgan tsvangirai has died. the former prime minister had been
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suffering from cancer and was being treated in a hospital in south africa. mr tsvangirai and the party he founded, the movement for democratic change, repeatedly challenged robert mugabe during the former president's long grip on power. shingai nyoka looks back at his life. asa as a booty challenging one of africa's ruthless and shrewdest leaders, the odds were always against morgan tsvangirai. what he lacked in formal education and liberation war history come he made up liberation war history come he made upfor in liberation war history come he made up for in boldness, and his popularity soared. as leader of the trade unions, he led the largest anti—government protests since independence, cutting the unions's traditional ties with government. disillusioned with the defector 1—party disillusioned with the defector 1— party state disillusioned with the defector 1—party state and a biting economy, zimbabweans were ready for an alternative. the mdc was born, in
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contrast to mr mugabe's exclusionary politics, mr tsvangirai welcomed everybody. president tsvangirai managed to bring together the students, the workers, farmers, traditional leaders, war veterans, business people. stunned by his popularity, the response was visceral. with endless arrests, beatings and an assassination attempt and treason charges. president mugabe suffered his first ever defeat at the poles to mr tsvangirai, who later pulled out of the run—off because of vote rigging and violence. did not want to do the cheat, which was then advance to morgan, he would have been president
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in that time. i, morgan richard tsvangirai... in that time. i, morgan richard tsvangirai. .. many were then disappointed when he agreed to serve under disappointed when he agreed to serve undeer disappointed when he agreed to serve under mr mugabe disappointed when he agreed to serve undeermugabe ina disappointed when he agreed to serve under mr mugabe in a power—sharing agreement. in the following elections, he lost heavily. he blamed rigging. his critics said he had lost credibility, abandoned his working class lifestyle. it was: cancer that ended his career. he failed to unseat mr mugabe, but many here will remember morgan tsvangirai as the working class hero, whose fight for democracy triggered the end of the mugabe era. we can speak to a former adviser to morgan tsvangirai, who joins we can speak to a former adviser to morgan tsvangirai, whojoins us we can speak to a former adviser to morgan tsvangirai, who joins us via webcam from canterbury. thank you
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for being with us. how will he be remembered, do you think, morgan tsvangirai? i suppose in a sense he was the nearly man of zimbabwean politics. he nearly became president, but not quite. morgan will be remembered as a brave fighter, as an icon of the democratic struggle in zimbabwe. certainly in africa and across the world, he stood up against a very vile and ruthless regime. he suffered at the hands of mr mugabe, and his regime, but he was a brave man committee was courageous, and therefore many zimbabweans will remember him as the first of the demo democratic struggle. he was actually beaten up quite badly, when you say he suffered? morgan was beaten up a number of times, the
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most vicious beating was in march 2000 seven. it was the beating that certainly grabbed the world's attention. and also he was imprisoned on several occasions during his time as a trade unionist before he became a politician. he was standing up for the rights of workers, and even during those days he was incarcerated, he was put through very difficult times during his career as a trade unionist and asa his career as a trade unionist and as a politician. he came so close to winning power, but is it your belief that he was effectively cheated out of power by rigged elections? there is no doubt about that. a lot of people are beginning to talk now that morgan chang garayev should have been —— morgan tsvangirai
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should have been declared president. he beat robert mugabe in the first round. there was a lot of did take —— delaying tactics that meant it was six weeks before the election results were announced and a lot of people believe during that time, there was a lot of manipulation that must have taken place. he's the man who would have been president. u nfortu nately who would have been president. unfortunately the who would have been president. u nfortu nately the system who would have been president. unfortunately the system all the means and tactics it could. he had his critics, he had flaws, he had a very colourful love life, which was often in the tabloid newspapers in zimbabwe. was he the best man, do you think, that you was the best man to lead the opposition? when you ask a lot of zimbabweans at this particular time, they want to remember the man that led the struggle so courageously, the man who fought so hard, who represented the interests of the majority of
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zimbabweans at the time. he would have been president of zimbabwe, and thatis have been president of zimbabwe, and that is the man they want a member today. and they want to remember for a very long time. thank you very much for being with us, a former adviser to morgan tsvangirai, who has died at the age of 65. i want to bring you some news of a shooting in florida, in the united states. police in florida responding to reports of a shooting at a high school. these are the latest pictures from there. television pictures from there. television pictures from there. television pictures from broward county, showing several wounded people being taken, these are life pictures from the scene, school buildings have been surrounded by armed police, and vehicles from the emergency services. this is the marjorie stoneman douglas high school, that has been placed under what is called
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a code red and down. no information on the victims, but local television reporting that five people have been seen being treated —— code red lockdown. you can see people rushing from the scene. police there responding to those reports that an active gunmen has been at that school in the town of parkland. reports of an active gunmen at the high school in the town of parkland in florida, just next to the coast there. you can see the these pictures, people walking with their hands above their heads, leaving the scene, and a large number of security forces there, frittelli heavily protected in helmets and so
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on. we will bring you the latest from that as we get more information from that as we get more information from the scene of another school shooting. no confirmation of how many casualties, five people according to one report being seen, and treated by paramedics. these are the latest headlines. talks to restore a power sharing government at stormont have collapsed. the dup says there is no prospect of a deal. the former zimbabwean prime minister morgan tsvangirai has died — after refusing calls to stand down, south african president jacob zuma says he'll address the nation this evening. now all the latest sport, including the winter olympics and champions league football action. we start with the champions league action,
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the third of five british clubs playing their first leg, the last 16 tie of course. liverpool in portugal to face porto, a place where they have never won, but things have started very well for them indeed. sadio mane's effort. an early away goal to liverpool. james milner‘s shot came back off a post and they doubled their advantage for stop mohamed salah keeping up his very good goal—scoring record of late. in the night's of the match, the defending champions real madrid face one of the tournament favourites, in the shape of paris saint—germain. no real chances of note other than that from cristiano ronaldo. he may come to rue that missed chance. still goalless after 30 minutes in both games. after the disappointment of elise christie in the short track speed skating, team gb began its
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search for the first elusive medal at the wintle olympics. both men and women's curling teams were in action, both teams won in sochi, medals, and both have begun well again. the most spectacular lead came in the men's half pipe. he needs 95.25 and the run of his life. in sport, they say reaching the very top is tough, staying there even tougher. in snowboarding, that is true in more ways than one. this is shaun white, arguably the greatest sport has ever seen, saving his brilliant best till last to dramatically win his third olympic title. i'm really proud to come out on top today and i'm really thankful for those guys, honestly, on top today and i'm really thankful forthose guys, honestly, because they pushed me to get to this point to give to do these kinds of runs. elsewhere history of a very difference was being made in date. if the mere presence of north korean state skaters on south korea as was significant, the sisters play was quite magnificent. supported by more
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than 200 cheerleaders, they qualified for the pairs final in some style. with britain's wait for a medal ongoing, attention turned to curling. the mentor silverfour yea rs curling. the mentor silverfour years ago and although this is a new team, they bring with them similar dreams. a sudden—death victory over switzerland in their opening match, but they will be in no doubt as to just how tough this competition will be, beaten later by canada. even your head would like to try to finish this here. bronze medallists in sochi, the women came to god and started as they plan to go on, dominating a team of olympic athletes from russia. as a team we do really well is management we know we can switch off and enjoy ourselves and get ourselves down, like these we gb flags, and also know when we can kind of put competition heads on and be right down in business mode. starting with
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a win, back in business mode on day six against the united states. the jamaican women's bobsleigh coach has dramatically quit her role, and threatened to take the team's sled with her. the jamaican bobsled federation is disputing that she owns the sled, the german resigned after refusing to change roles from driving coach to track performance a nalyst, driving coach to track performance analyst, which would have given her no a ccess analyst, which would have given her no access to the athletes. pj bfo has denied it would have to root for its team, which werejude to make their first appearance at a winter olympics. chris froome has defended his decision to return to racing for the first time since his adverse drugs test. the four—time told for petra kvitova france champion begins in spain. froome insists he does have the right to continue competing. this is a process that a lot of athletes have gone through, a lot of athletes have gone through, a lot of athletes have gone through, a lot of other riders have gone
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through as well. and i don't see why i should have different treatment to all of them. they were always think in the meantime they got to the of their processes. there is a process that allows me to demonstrate there has been no wrongdoing, and that is obviously what i intend to do. and we are in the middle of that process now and i am not able to speak about that publicly. to update you on the champions league football, approaching half—time, real madrid the defending champions are now trailing paris saint—germain1—0. liverpool 2—0 up against porto. i will be back with more sport on sportsday at 10:30pm. back to that shooting at a high school in florida. this is in the town of parkland. you can see people being evacuated from the scene, pretty armoured trucks from the security ——
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pretty heavily armoured trucks surrounded the school. we are hearing that the gunmen are still at large after the shooting, according to the county sheriff, who is saying that on twitter. we don't have a clear idea on the number of casualties, although one local tv station, fox ten tv, reporting that five people were being seen being treated by a paramedics in parkland. this is the marjorie stoneman douglas high school, which has been placed under a code red lockdown, as they call it there. you can see people being without all the school, pretty much ringed now by heavily armed police. but one report at least saying that the gunmen is still at large, according to the cou nty still at large, according to the county sheriff. so dramatic scenes there, but not a clear idea on the number of casualties. you can see people leaving the school with their hands behind their heads, and the
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whole scene there being evacuated with a lot of police there enforce a round the school. we will bring you more on that as we get it. in the meantime, back to our main news, the flats of talks to end the political deadlock in northern ireland. we can speak now to the veteran journalist and author, david mckittrick, who's been reporting on northern ireland since 1971. he joins us live from our belfast studio. and, i mean, it is there any hope, or is there any possibility that there could still be some sort of compromise agreement on this? not just at the moment. it is one of those things you have seen so many times before, it looked as though suddenly something was possible, after a year of very trenchant discussions and discussions, but at the last minute something happen. we
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think it was the democratic unionist, led by arlene foster, got wind of what was in the agreement. she had category close so far, and there were so many rumours flying around, many very extravagant and unbelievable rumours really. but that started a whole sense of alarm within the dup and the protestant community, and suddenly it has all gone, it has all collapsed. and at the core of it, am i right in saying, is the irish language, this idea of enshrining the irish language? that's right, that has been the big sticking point for more than a year, and you have these rumours going around, saying, in addition to the normal signage, the normal signpost you get on roads and streets, the irish language is going to have to be there as well as the english language. that would be an amazing thing, both in terms of provocation for hardline loyalists, and in terms of the money it would
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cost. so the temperature built up so much that really arlene foster had for the plug and say no, she's out of here. yes, i saw reports that some of her grassroots supporters we re some of her grassroots supporters were so against that that she felt duty bound to pull the plug, as you say, because of some of that strength of feeling amongst her grassroots. that's right, i think her and her closely tenants who were in on the talks were hoping to get somewhere, but really the big reaction on the radio, on the phone in programmes, and from statements coming out from various people in the loyalist and protestant side, basically spooked them, and they thought we're not going to get this through, so the best thing to do is to leave it for the moment at least. so where do we go from here, what happens next? either you leave it for a cooling off period and go back into more talks of something similar, but perhaps preparing the
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ground rather better than was the case, or perhaps you go for direct rule, in other words you say this is a waste of time going on with this assembly, we may as welljust have direct rule from westminster. and leave it at that. david, thank you very much for your time, good to talk to you and get your analysis. south africa's president jacob zuma is due to make a national address very soon in pretoria. this is the scene live. earlier on today he defied calls from his party to resign. he has, though, come under increasing pressure to step down, amid numerous allegations of corruption. the ruling party, the anc, says he will now face a motion of no confidence tomorrow, if he doesn't stand down in that speech we are expecting any moment in pretoria. in pretoria, seat of the presidency,
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rumours rippled all morning, the president might be about to resign. but when he did speak to the state broadcaster it was a defiant, defensive appearance. zuma, the victim. what have i done? i have explained many times that this process, there is nothing i have done wrong. this is policy. what people are suggesting is the new phenomenon. what is the problem? and there was some unsettling language. a warning to those who were ousting him. the leadership of the anc, if it is not careful, they might actually cause a bigger problem than we think. at the same time in cape town, anc mps were meeting to decide whether they would support a motion of no—confidence to drive jacob zuma from power. the decision came quickly and was decisive. we are now proceeding, we have asked the chief whip to proceed with a motion
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of no—confidence tomorrow. so that president zuma is then removed, so that we can proceed to elect president ramaphosa. pressure had been growing on the president from early morning. this was a police raid on the compound of his friends, the gupta family, who are accused of acquiring billions in state assets through their connections with the president and his family. seemingly untouchable until now, criminal charges may be imminent. if ever you wanted proof of the changed political temperature, this is it. the police seem at last to have found their courage. so straight on, down here. this neighbour giving police the address of another gupta property. people are angry. this is the headquarters of south africa's executive branch, the place from which jacob zuma has ruled the country for the last nine years. but by tomorrow night, in all likelihood, south africa will have a new president. these are the dying hours of the age of zuma. fergal keane, bbc news, pretoria.
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quigg we're waiting for him, he was supposed to be speaking half an hour ago, maybe he has changed his mind. maybe he will not talk at all. but the dying hours of the zuma presidency, whatever he says, no matter what dunn whether he turns up to make that addressed the nation. let's look at the latest weather forecast now. some places had some snow today, in other spots just a case of rain, all courtesy of an area of low pressure and the stripe of cloud, which has been working eastwards. we will continue to push that area of cloud and wet weather away to the east as we go through the night. taking a while to clear is to anger and the
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south—east, then some clear skies following behind, a scattering of wintry showers, particularly from northern ireland and western scotland. fairly chilly here, a touch of frost and ice. further south, not as cold. tomorrow, southern areas having a decent day, good spells of sunshine to be had. further north, though, a scattering of showers, still wintry up over high ground, some significant snow over higher ground of western scotland, and temperatures five or 6 degrees in edinburgh and aberdeen, but maybe 11 in london. ten in plymouth. those milder conditions will spread further north as we head into the weekend, and it will generally speaking be dry. ‘s is you watching bbc news with me, then brown. the latest headlines... talks to restore a power—sharing government in northern ireland have collapsed. the dup said there is no prospect of a deal. police in
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florida say there have been multiple victims of a shooting at a high school in the town of parklands near fort lauderdale. the former prime minister of zimbabwe has died. he'll be remembered for his struggle against robert mugabe. after refusing calls to stand down the south african president jacob zuma is due to make a national address in pretoria shortly. let's bring you right up to date on that shooting in florida at parklands. we hear according to the reuters news agency at least 20 people injured when a gunman opened fire at this high school in parklands. near fort lauderdale in florida. according to local media. dozens of police and emergency responders on the scene. surrounding the building while
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pupils have fled from high school, the marjorie stoneman douglas high school. it's about 45 miles north of miami, we are told. under lockdown according to the security forces there. a code red lockdown. police have been surrounding it, you can see some of them in these pictures we've been watching in the last 20 minutes or so. huge number of pupils leaving with hands above their heads. 20 people at least, according to florida's w sv n tv network, injured. pictures showing scores of stu d e nts injured. pictures showing scores of students running or walking away from the school and a large number of emergency vehicles, police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, surrounding the school building. reports the
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government the shooter, as they say in the united states, is still at large. that was what the county sheriff was saying a short time ago. that the gunmen was still at large. these are some of the police surrounding that school. another local television station, fox ten tv, reporting five people had been seen being treated by paramedics. let's go to south africa, president zuma is talking. thank you very much, doctor. good evening ladies and gentlemen. why do you look serious? you can't even say good evening. what's happening? laughter
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you are tired? why? we're working! aren't we? laughter well, good evening, colleagues, members of the media, who are present here. fellow south africans. i address you after weeks of speculation about my future as president of the republic of south africa. in particular i make reference to the march publicised and awaited decision of the african national congress issued on the 13th
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of february. 2018. it is now public knowledge that the national executive committee of the anc was old to recall me as president of the republic. i have also learned that before i respond to the initial decision, a new decision has been made by the anc. the fact is that i have now been compelled to resign by way of a motion of no confidence set down for tomorrow, 15 february 2000 18. the anc is, indeed, the party of
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whose nomination... on whose nomination i became a candidate for the presidency of the republic of south africa after its victory of the national elections of 2014. it was on the anc‘s nomination that i was on the anc‘s nomination that i was later elected by the majority in the national assembly as the president of the republic. i am for ever indebted to the anc deliberation movement. i've served
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almost all my life. i respect each member and leader of this glorious movement. by respect its gallant fight against centuries of white minority brutality, whose relics remain today. and continue to be entrenched in all manner of sophisticated ways in order to ensure the continued survival of white privilege. i do take seriously, and am grateful, to the
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anc that in the face of its revolutionary mission to ensure a better life for all, and the creation of a nonracial, nonsexist and democratic south africa, it's deployed me at the pinnacle of its role in government. i was also elected in terms of section 86 of the constitution. and from that moment pledged my loyalty to the constitution of the republic of south africa. it has indeed been a great learning experience. a mammoth task. the performance of
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which can never be done without difficulty and learning on the way. none of us, no matter how perfect, can claim that the building of a new society and the marshalling of a former liberation movement into a modern political party all happened in a straight line. it has detours, human error, and boulders strewn along the path. because the struggle
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and politics are human activities, their pursuit is not without the tells of human nature. all my life i've served, and will continue to serve, the anc in its pursuit of the objectives of the national democratic revolution. i've served in my capacity as president of the republic of south africa within the prism of our much acclaimed constitution, whose foundational values are fully subscribed to. i understand fully that while i serve
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at the pleasure of my party, the anc, the door through which i officially came to serve the people officially came to serve the people of south africa is the national assembly. without which no political party ca n assembly. without which no political party can impose its candidate. on the electorate. no matter how popular. this constitutional line between party and state is often forgotten. in the usual business of party political contestation is. as
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we fight our own battles in the corridors of political power, and sometimes serving the very interest of the persons of yesterday who joyfully celebrate as we lynch one another, we often forget the citizens on whose behalf we create a better life. we tend to place the political party above the supreme law of the country, which is the rule book of the country's political engagement. i do not make this
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reference because i am above approach, nor do i wish to proclaim that in understanding my political responsibilities i have been the epitome of perfection. if truth be told, not of us are. however, i respect the pre—scripts of the constitution and its consequences on how we enter, stay in and exit political office. and government. there has been much speculation
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about how the president of the republic should exit his or her office. in my case, some have even dared to suggest that post service benefits and wander past should dictate how one chooses to vacate political office. often these concerns about pacts and benefits are raised by the very same people seeking to speak as paragons of virtue and all things constitutional.
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some even suggest that the relevant constitutional provisions section 89 and 102, in terms of which the president should be removed from office, would constitute an embarrassment or humiliation. for that reason, various suggestions are made to help leaders avoid this constitutional route of vacate in political office without pacts. if we avail ourselves to serve in terms of the constitution, we should be prepared, if indeed be, and if those
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we serve deem it appropriate to suffer the hardship that comes with our constitutional obligations. whether we lose our posts political office benefits should not determine how we act in the time of our departure. nor did i agree to serve because there are no better cages in the anc and the country. most importantly, i did not agree to serve in order to exit with pacts
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and benefits of the office of the president. it is my party that place me before the representatives of the people. in the national assembly. to be elected. it is my party that availed me to serve on the basis of the constitution is the supreme law of the land. make no mistake, no leader should stay beyond the time determined by the people they serve. most importantly, no leader should seek an easy way out simply because
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they could not face life at the end of their term without the perks that come with their political office. i do not fear exiting political office. however, i have only asked my party to articulate my transactions, transgressions and the reason for its immediate instruction that i vacate office. this was important in view of the discussions i heard with the president of the anc. and the secretary general. of
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the party. that were aimed at uniting our organisation, the anc. it is, indeed, true but there was an agreement that even if the need arises that i should vacate the office before the end of term, there isa office before the end of term, there is a need to have a period of transition during which i would delegate some of the functions to the deputy presidents of the republic. —— deputy president. of course, i must accept that if my party and mike patriots —— my
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compatriots, insist i be removed from office, they must exercise that right and do so in the manner prescribed by the constitution. i fear no motion of no—confidence or impeachment, for they are the lawful mechanisms for the people of this beautiful country to remove their president. i've served the people of south africa to the best of my ability. i am for ever grateful that they trusted me with their highest
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office in the land. but when i accepted the deployment, i understood and undertook to subject myself to the supreme law of the land. the constitution. speaks own language. studio: president zuma, and he is still president, there was no indication he is resigning. he says, i do not fear a no—confidence motion. and there is going to be a no—confidence motion in him tomorrow. some
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observers and commentators already saying it was quite a rambling speech, which doesn't really give any clarity about his situation apart from him saying he wants to abide by the constitution of the country. the party, the anc, but has cold for him to resign, is not the supreme authority, it's the constitution he has to abide by. president zuma has been under enormous pressure after years of allegations of corruption and other misdemeanours. enormous pressure to resign. lots of speculation he would go with this address. he's been saying, i do not fear leaving political office. but at the same time no resignation statement. he started off in quite a jocular way,
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just laughing with the press corps and the audience gathered there at the union buildings in pretoria. he said, why do you looks so serious? then laughed for quite a few seconds, a bout of hearty laughter, which really set the scene for this address, making it clear that he doesn't feel he's a leader crisis. but he's been talking for quite a few minutes, not giving any indication he's going to go. as fergal keane was the same, whether he likes it or not, these are the dying days of his presidency, no doubt about that. the anc want him out and there will be a vote of no confidence if he doesn't step down of his own accord. let's bring you the latest on the shooting in a
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school in florida. we've heard one person has been killed according to reports, up to 50 injured as well. president trump has been tweeting, saying my prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible florida shooting. no child, teacher, or anyone else, should ever feel u nsafe teacher, or anyone else, should ever feel unsafe in an american school, says donald trump. according to firefighters, in florida, that shooting at the high school in parkland has left between 20 and 50 people injured. the extent of the injuries sustained not entirely clear, but reports of multiple casualties. several dozen casualties. several dozen casualties. you can see huge numbers of security. these were people
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earlier. school students, pupils, leaving the scene, which was under lockdown. up to 50 injured, at least one dead. president zuma in south africa. i wish to thank members of cabinet, deputy ministers, and the whole of government. national, provincial, and local. for the positive spirit and local. for the positive spirit and cooperative manner in which we all worked. i also thank the other arms of state. for the work we have accomplished. i thank all political parties who are in parliament for their contributions making our democracy strong. i thank all
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stakeholders, business, labour, religious leaders, traditional leaders, youth, women's groups, the education sector. and all others we have worked with over the years. united by the core of moving south africa forward. i think the international community —— thank the international community —— thank the international community —— thank the international community for the corporation in the work we've been doing together. i've also been disturbed by the instances of violence that have occurred because of the different views among members of the different views among members of our organisation. outside our
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headquarters. no life should be lost in my name, and also the anc should never be divided in my name. i have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect. even though i disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, i have always been a disciplined member of the anc. as i leave, i will continue to serve the people of south africa, as well as the anc,
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the organisation i've served all of my life in it. i will dedicate all of my energy to work towards the attainment of the policies of our organisation. in particular, the radical economic transformation agenda. countrymen, ladies and gentlemen, i thank you very much for your attention. studio: there we are, an historic
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moment in south africa. president zuma smiling but also resigning, saying he had come to the decision to resign as president of the south african republic under huge pressure, of course. and years of allegations of corruption taking their toll. president zuma is such a divisive figure in south africa, has been for so long, has finally resigned. enormous pressure on him to do so, of course, from his own anc party, who cold on him to stand down. he said there would be a vote of no confidence if he didn't resign tonight. he had no choice, he either resigned this evening with that televised address in pretoria, or he was going to be fired with a vote of no confidence tomorrow. history in the making, president zuma has
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resigned as president of south africa. hello, welcome to outside source. it is over for south africa's embattled president, jacob zuma, who has just africa's embattled president, jacob zuma, who hasjust said in the africa's embattled president, jacob zuma, who has just said in the last few minutes he will resign. twin scandals in golf the white house, one involving a pawn star, the other an alleged wife—beater. the kremlin won't confirm us air strikes killed russian mercenaries in syria. want to run faster? the solution could be doing one simple thing: smile. we'll speak to the expert who carried out the research.


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