Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote

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- wsws.org | 3 months ago

In an election marked by a sharp decline in support for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and a significant decline in voter turnout, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, a union leader-turned multi-millionaire businessman, won election to a full five-year term in the national vote held last Wednesday.

Over the weekend, the country’s Independent Electoral Commission reported that the ANC, which has ruled the country since the end of apartheid 25 years ago, had won 58 percent of the vote in the national parliamentary elections. This marks the first time in the ANC’s post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.

In the previous national elections held in 2014, the ANC obtained 62 percent of the vote.

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