South Africa elections: ANC retains hold over power, but new govt faces myriad challenges of ...

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- firstpost.com | 6 months ago

While elections are underway, awaiting the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha in India, the sixth elections since the end of the apartheid in South Africa were conducted on 8 May, 2019.

The elections to the 400-member National Assembly and nine provincial legislatures (composed of 430 seats), saw the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) retain its hold at the national level with a majority of 58 percent of the votes cast. The ANC also took the majority at all the provinces, except Western Cape, where the Democratic Alliance retained power.

The vote gives the ANC and President Cyril Ramaphosa the much required mandate to rectify the course of the liberation party beleaguered by corruption and infighting, especially with allies of the disgraced former president, Jacob Zuma.

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