ANC rallies round Zuma, says no discussions about him standing down
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma - REUTERS

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said on Tuesday it did not support calls for President Jacob Zuma to stand down after his appointment of an unknown backbencher as finance minister last week set shockwaves through financial markets.

Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte told a news conference that Zuma decided to change the appointment on Sunday afternoon after a 70 minute meeting with top party officials, including deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

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