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In addition to those problems, Mr. Zuma still faces a corruption case that forced his resignation as deputy president of South Africa in 2005. Judge Chris Nicholson set aside the charges on procedural grounds a year ago and criticized the government for political interference in the case. However, the prosecution could refile the charges.

Also in 2005, Mr. Zuma, a polygamist with four wives, was accused of raping the daughter of a family friend, but a court later dismissed the charge, ruling that the sexual encounter was consensual.

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