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Summary

  1. South Africa's president survives no-confidence vote
  2. Wins by 198 votes to 177
  3. Opposition leader called Zuma 'corrupt and broken'
  4. ANC condemned vote as 'attempt to usurp power'
  5. Counting under way in Kenya's general election
  6. Police report no major security incident
  7. Eight candidates are vying to be president
  8. More than 45% of the registered voters are under 35

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By Damian Zane, Kelly-Leigh Cooper, Farouk Chothia, Insaf Abbas and Rebecca Seales

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Africa Live today - thanks for joining us in our coverage of the vote of no-confidence in South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, and the tightly-contested general election in Kenya.

We'll be back tomorrow with the latest on these stories.

In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or check the BBC News website.

Zuma's singing - and it's not the blues

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma lives to fight another day after surviving the no-confidence vote against him. He joined ANC supporters to celebrate.

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Analysis: Zuma's nine lives pay off

Milton Nkosi

BBC Africa, Johannesburg

South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) and South African President Jacob Zuma supporters march to parliament in Cape Town on August 8, 2017
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Mr Zuma's supporters took to the streets to show their loyalty to him

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is celebrating after narrowly surviving his eighth no-confidence vote. He is certainly on his ninth life now.

Judging by the number of governing ANC MPs who voted with the opposition, it seems like it's going to be a short-lived celebration.

The ANC's internal squabbles have reached the back benches of parliament, and are bound to worsen.

This means that it's going to be a long road to the ANC elective conference in December, when the party will elect a new leader to replace the beleaguered Mr Zuma.

The question is whether he will survive the last two years as South Africa's president.

Some say that he will not complete his second term. But we have written his political obituary before - only for the 75-year-old president to re-emerge like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Zuma sings revolutionary songs

President Jacob Zuma celebrates with his supporters after he survived a no-confidence motion in parliament vote in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017
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Mr Zuma is known to love singing and dancing

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has led his supporters in singing revolutionary songs at a rally to celebrate his victory in parliament.

The songs referred to South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela, who is revered by the entire nation.

Mr Zuma survived a no-confidence vote held by secret ballot.

The opposition was confident that he would be voted out.

Zuma hailed at rally

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has been hailed as the "commander-in-chief of the revolution" by his supporters at a rally in Cape Town.

They sang and danced as he came to address the rally.

He said the result showed that the governing ANC was "big and powerful", and the party represented the overwhelming majority of South Africans.

The ANC will win the 2019 general election, he added.

Protesters from the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) dance and sing in support of South African president Jacob Zuma outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 08 August 2017.
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Mr Zuma's supporters have been in jubilant mood

ANC condemns 'craven opportunism'

South Africa's governing ANC has welcomed the parliamentary vote on President Jacob Zuma's future.

A no-confidence vote in the embattled president - whose term is due to end in 2009 - was defeated by 198 votes to 177.

The opposition had displayed "craven opportunism and hypocrisy" by pushing for the vote, the ANC added in a statement that it has tweeted:

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Opposition message for 'anti-Zuma' ANC members

Protesters march against South African president Jacob Zuma in Cape Town, South Africa 08 August 2017.
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The opposition accuses Mr Zuma of being a "crooked president"

The Democratic Alliance, the official opposition in South Africa, has praised the bravery of ANC members who voted to unseat President Jacob Zuma.

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Kenya is 'maturing as a democracy' - govt spokesman

High voter turnout in Kenya shows that the country is "maturing as a democracy", the government spokesman, Eric Kiraithe, has said.

"The queues were wonderful. Kenyans have really come out to vote," he said.

He also praised Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials, saying they were "very effective".

Making reference to delays at some polling stations caused by weather conditions, he said that the government was "ready and prepared" to help the IEBC with logistics.

ANC rebels condemned

There are bitter recriminations in South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) after about 40 of its MPs voted to remove Jacob Zuma from office.

They have been condemned as "sell-outs" who should be recalled from parliament.

These views have been expressed at a pro-Zuma rally in Cape Town, the seat of parliament.

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ANC rebels are 'suicide bombers'

South Africa's police minister Fikile Mbalula has denounced members of the governing ANC who voted for President Jacob Zuma's removal as "suicide bombers".

"Why do you want to compromise the revolution?" he said.

"We have defeated the useless motion. We can't dance to [opposition leader] Mmusi Maimane and all the small boys and girls. People who vote with the motion are suicide bombers,” he added.

Mr Mbalula was addressing ANC supporters at a rally outside parliament after Mr Zuma survived a no-confidence by a wafer-thin margin.

ro-Zuma supporters celebrate after the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma failed in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017.
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Mr Zuma's supporters are on the streets celebrating

ANC chose 'looting'

South Africa main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) says that most MPs of the governing ANC have chosen "corruption, looting and state capture".

Its comments came after the ANC defeated a no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma, albeit by a narrow margin.

40 ANC MPs rebelled against Zuma

Forty MPs of South Africa's governing ANC rebelled against President Jacob Zuma in the no-confidence vote in parliament, the BBC's Milton Nkosi tweets from there:.

Speaker announced results. Total votes - 384 Yes - 177 Noes - 198 Abstentions - 9 The motion is defeated. This means 40 ANC MPs rebelled.

Zuma's supporters celebrate

Pro-Zuma supporters celebrate after the vote of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma failed in Cape Town, South Africa, August 8, 2017.
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Supporters of South Africa's President Jacob Zuma are singing and dancing after he survived the no-confidence vote in parliament.

But his victory was very small, suggesting that a significant number of MPs from the governing ANC supported the opposition's motion to remove him from office.

Zuma wins by narrow margin

A total of 177 MPs voted to oust South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, compared with the 198 who voted to keep him in power.

There were nine abstentions during the parliamentary vote.

BreakingBid to oust Zuma fails

South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has survived a no-confidence vote in parliament after most lawmakers of the governing ANC rallied behind him.

In this handout image supplied by Host Photo Agency / RIA Novosti, President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma at a meeting of BRICS leaders with the BRICS Business Council at the BRICS/SCO Summits - Russia 2015 on July 09, 2015 in Ufa, Russia
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Singing in SA parliament

Both governing party and opposition MPs are singing and dancing in South Africa's parliament, as they wait for the result of the no-confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma to be announced.

Zuma vote: Counting has 'ended'

Counting appears to have ended in the historic no-confidence vote in South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, a journalist with a local newspaper tweets:

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ANC minister: Zuma will remain in power

South Africa's Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, who is fiercely loyal to President Jacob Zuma, is addressing supporters of the governing African National Congress (ANC) outside parliament.

She said was confident that the opposition bid to oust him would be defeated, and had a warning for "those who have identified themselves with the enemy", according to a tweet by a journalist covering the event:

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Mr Gwala was a firebrand ANC leader who died in 1995.

A local radio station has posted a video of the minister's address:

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Kenya official defends announcing results

Ezra Chiloba addresses a news conference
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The chief executive of Kenya's electoral commission, Ezra Chiloba, has defended the commission's decision to publish results of the election while voting is still under way, following accusations that it could influence the result.

Voting has been extended in some areas because logistical problems delayed the opening of their polling stations.

"If polling stations are affected by circumstances that make it impossible to complete the process, it is only natural for us to proceed with announcing results," Mr Chiloba said.

Kenyan police: Vote was largely peaceful

No major security incident has been reported in Kenya's tightly-contested general election, a police statement says.

It urged Kenyans to continue "with this spirit" as votes are counted.

The police have tweeted their full statement:

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Counting under way in Mombasa

Counting of votes is under way in the port city of Mombasa, Kenya, as these photos taken by the BBC's Ahmed Haji Hassan show:

Election officials count votes in Mombasa
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Election officials count votes in Mombasa
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Election officials count votes in Mombasa
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Zuma vote ends

Voting booths are brought into the South African parliament to allow Members of Parliament to vote for or against the motion of no-confidence against South African president, Jacob Zuma (not pictured) in the South frican parliament, on August 8, 2017, in Cape Town
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Lawmakers in South Africa's parliament have finished voting in the historic election on President Jacob Zuma's future.

Speaker Baleka Mbete did not vote, saying she will do so only if there is a tie.

A total of 201 MPs in the 400-member chamber need to vote against Mr Zuma, if he is removed from power.

The result will be announced once counting ends. Representatives of various parties will be present during the counting to ensure there are no irregularities.

Zuma vote: Watching and protesting

Supporters of South Africa's President Zuma have been watching a live stream of proceedings in parliament, as MPs continue to cast their votes.

ANC supporters watch proceedings of no-confidence vote
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ANC supporters cheer as they watch proceedings of no-confidence vote
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Meanwhile, opposition supporters have rallied in different parts of South Africa to demand his removal from office.

Protesters hold signs calling for President Zuma to go
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Woman with 'Zuma Must Fall' written on her face
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Voting booths in SA parliament

A voting booth is brought into the South African parliament to allow Members of Parliament to vote for or against the motion of no-confidence against South African president, Jacob Zuma (
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There is a rare sight in South Aftica's parliament - four voting booths in the middle of the chamber. MPs are walking up, in an orderly fashion, to cast their ballot.

The 400-member chamber is deciding the fate of President Jacob Zuma.

Speaker Baleka Mbete decided that the vote should be by secret ballot because of the "toxic" political atmosphere.

Kenyans 'happy with voting process'

Many Kenyan voters in the capital, Nairobi, have given the thumbs to the electoral commission for the way it ran the poll, a BBC reporter tweets from there:

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DA leader accused of taking phone into booth

The leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, has been accused of breaking rules by taking his phone into a voting booth, and the speaker has promised to deal with him later, a journalist in Cape Town tweets:

Objections because Maimane took his phone with him to the booth. He removed it. Mbete says this will be dealt with later. #ZumaVote

Kenya votes already being counted

You can watch the results in Kenya's elections coming in on the electoral commission's website.

And officials have already posted the results of the first 5,000 votes to be counted.

The election officials count the ballots at the polling station and are then supposed to transmit the results to the election centre in the capital, Nairobi.

They electoral commission has seven days to announce the final result.

Zuma's critics vote

Two members of the governing ANC who had called on President Jacob Zuma to resign have cast their votes, a local radio station tweets:

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Woman gives birth at Kenya polling station

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The world through its media

A woman has given birth to a baby girl while waiting to cast her vote in Kenya's election.

Paulina Chemanang was helped to deliver the baby by other voters at Konyao Secondary School in West Pokot, before being rushed to a nearby dispensary.

She then returned to vote.

"Having given birth at a polling station is a blessing to me and I thank God,", she was quoted as saying by Kenya's privately-owned Capital FM radio station.

Ms Chemanang named her baby Chepkura. "Kura" means ballot or vote in Swahili.

SA MPs 'worried' about cameras

South Africa's lawmakers seem determined to make sure their vote on the future of President Jacob Zuma is is secret, as a journalist tweets:

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ANC confident of victory

A spokesman for South Africa's governing ANC says he is confident that the no-confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma will be defeated, a BBC reporter tweets:

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Zuma vote: The 'nuclear bomb' option

Will South Africa's parliament throw what governing party chief whip Jackson Mthembu called a "nuclear bomb" by voting out President Jacob Zuma?

That's the answer which everyone is waiting for as lawmakers vote, by secret ballot, on Mr Zuma's future.

Although Mr Mthembu has previously called on Mr Zuma - dogged by allegations of corruption - to resign, he issued a three-line whip to MPs of the governing ANC, instructing them to defeat the no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition.

Mr Mthembu raised fears that if Mr Zuma is ousted, it will be like throwing a "nuclear bomb at our country" as it will lead to the collapse of the government and cause political instability.

Opposition parties disagree, arguing that Mr Zuma and his business allies have turned South Africa into a klpetocracy - and corruption will get worse if he says in power.

His two terms as leader of the ANC are due to end in December, and as president in 2019.

Supporters of opposition parties watch and listen to a broadcast of parliamentary proceedings during a motion of no confidence in the president in the street outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa 08 August 2017.
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A huge crowd has gathered outside parliament to follow events

Entertainment outside parliament

Some people are keeping ANC supporters entertained as they await the result of the no-confidence vote at a public screening of the proceedings of parliament in Cape Town:

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'My best voting experience'

Dickens Olewe

BBC Africa, Nairobi

Kenya's polling stations have officially closed though those in the queue at 14:00 GMT (5pm local time) are being allowed to vote.

The long queues that had characterised the morning have largely disappeared - but there are people still waiting to vote

I met voters here in the capital who told me that it was their "best voting experience".

The electoral commission had put measures in place to allow for a smooth vote, they said.

The count will start at the polling stations at 15:00 GMT (6pm local time).

Voters using electric ID system
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The electronic identification system helped speed up the process, but the equipment failed in some places and details had to be checked manually

Pro-Zuma protest outside parliament

Supporters of South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma are rallying outside parliament as they await the result of the no-confidence vote in him.

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Party whips checking ballot papers

South African MPs will soon vote in secret on the no-confidence motion in President Jacob Zuma.

Special voting booths have been set up on the floor of the parliamentary chamber.

Journalist Lester Kiewit has just tweeted this photo of party representatives checking the ballot papers.

Party whips checking ballot papers before voting begins. #NoConfidence

Party whips checking ballot papers before voting begins. #NoConfidence

'Not all heroes wear capes'

Elayne Okaya, who is the head of Kenya's Institute for Education in Democracy, has been observing the election today and came across this man at a polling station in the slum area of Kibera in the capital, Nairobi:

Man wearing a bib
Elayne Okaya

She says Fred is a boda boda, or motorbike taxi, driver. She adds:

He has been ferrying people - pregnant women, aged, disabled and those who are lost - within Kibera for free so that they can vote. He has also ferried three people from Kibera to another polling station at Nyayo stadium because they were at the wrong polling station.

He is actually walking throughout this polling station imploring people to send him to collect others who are still at home who need to vote. All for free."

She concludes:

Not all heroes wear capes."

House breaks into song ahead of vote

A South African journalist has been sharing live updates from the gallery of the House - including this video of MPs breaking into song ahead of the no-confidence vote.

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