Can a President Quit His Job?

February 23, 2018

The short answer: absolutely. In the United States, the only president who ever “quit” was former President Richard Nixon. But did he quit on his own, or was he forced to quit because of a scandal? There’s no question it was the latter, but in his farewell speech, he said he quit because he no longer had the support of his base (or his party). A president who quits is a rare occurrence, but it does happen.

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma

After nine years in office, South African President Jacob Zuma resigned last week. In his farewell speech, he said that he was stepping down because his own party was pushing him out. Perhaps, but corruption and scandal had plagued the president over the years. One such scandal? He was accused of using government money to fix up his own house and later had to pay back the government when a judge ordered him to do so. It seemed like his party, the African National Congress (ANC), had finally had enough.

So who’s leading South Africa now?

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, a popular billionaire businessman and the leader of the ANC, has replaced Mr. Zuma as President of South Africa. In his first state of the nation speech, Mr. Ramaphosa promised the people of South Africa that he would work to fix the economy and rid the country of corruption.