Cape Town : South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a no confidence motion by secret ballot. Parliament Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that 198 MPs voted against the motion, while 177 voted in favour and nine abstained, Xinhua reported. MPs of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) burst into applause when the result was announced.

Opposition MPs walked out of the chamber, looking crestfallen. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane vowed to continue the struggle to remove Zuma from office.

Hundreds of anti-Zuma protesters who gathered outside Parliament, anxiously waiting for the result, expressed disappointment over the outcome.

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