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Thabo Mbeki to resign: spokesman

Presidential spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga says that S African President Thabo Mbeki "will step down" after the governing African National Congress called for him to leave office.

world Updated: Sep 20, 2008 19:54 IST

South African President Thabo Mbeki "will step down" after the governing African National Congress (ANC) called for him to leave office, his spokesman said on Saturday.

"The president has obliged and will step down," presidential spokesman Mukoni Ratshitanga told 702 Talk Radio.

Mbeki, 66, who succeeded Nelson Mandela as president in June 1999, has been under fire over allegations that he was influential in pressing corruption charges against ANC leader and political rival Jacob Zuma.