Ramaphosa ruling ANC wins South African elections

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Cyril Ramaphosa

By AFP

South Africa’s ruling ANC was Saturday declared winner of general elections, handing it a sixth straight term in the post-apartheid era on what was nevertheless its worst electoral showing.

The African National Congress (ANC) won a healthy majority with 57.5 percent — or 230 out of the 400 parliamentary seats

But that still represented 19 seats fewer than in 2014.

The official results, as declared by the electoral commission, were therefore the ANC’s poorest ever showing in its long electoral run, which started in 1994, when Nelson Mandela led it to victory in the first multi-racial polls.

The party has been battling corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth, record unemployment and poverty — issues its leader Cyril Ramaphosa, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, has promised to tackle.

But its poor electoral showing could hamper efforts to revive the flagging economy and fight corruption.

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