South Africa Election: ANC Wins Diminished Majority, Smaller Parties Make Gains

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—South Africa’s two major political parties, the African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA), bled votes to the left and right respectively after an election on May 8 that many analysts had described as the most important since the country’s first multiracial vote in 1994.

The incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC dropped below 60 percent for the first time, but at 57 percent put in a relatively strong showing following Ramaphosa’s efforts over the past year to reform the government. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), whose leaders have encouraged land invasions and have been accused of inciting racial hatred, and whose protests have often exploded into violence, got almost 11 percent of the vote, up from the six it received at the 2014 poll.

The EFF’s election promise was to “truly emancipate” the nation of 58 million, by taking land and key parts of the economy away from white “settlers,” to give to black South Africans, the majority of whom it says have been excluded by ANC black empowerment policies.

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