ANC formally asks Zuma to go

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign, a senior party official has confirmed.

The decision to "recall" him "urgently" followed marathon talks of the ANC's top leadership body.

Mr Zuma, 75, agreed to step down, but only in the next three to six months, the official added.

Mr Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, has been dogged by corruption allegations.

But he has resisted increasing pressure to quit since December, when Cyril Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ANC.

Ace Magashule, the ANC's secretary-general, told reporters the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) decided the removal should be "treated with urgency".

"It is obvious we want Comrade Ramaphosa to come in as the president of South Africa," he added.

Earlier, Mr Ramaphosa left the meeting of the ANC's NEC to travel to Mr Zuma's residence, where he is said to have told the president he would be "recalled" if he did not step down. He later returned to the ANC conclave.

Mr Zuma's presidency has been overshadowed by allegations of corruption which he has always vehemently denied.

In 2016, South Africa's highest court ruled that Mr Zuma had violated the constitution when he failed to repay government money spent on his private home.

Last year the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that he must face 18 counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering relating to a 1999 arms deal.

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