South African Predident Resigns
South African President Thabo Mbeki announced his resignation Sunday after losing a power struggle to a rival with allegations of corruption. This now clears the path for rival Jacob Zuma to run for office in spring, according to CNN. Mbeki, who served for nearly nine years, spoke of his successes and downfalls during his televised address. During his leadership, South Africa held its longest period of economic growth in its history.
According to The Star Tribune, most Cabinet ministers have agreed to stay but there is fear that some will leave and effect the government's stability.
"We should never be despondent if the weather is bad, nor should we turn triumphant because the sun shines," he said during his address.