South Africa elections: ANC set to win diminished majority

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(CNN) - Despite years of corruption allegations, a sluggish economy and sustained electricity blackouts, South Africa's ruling ANC looks set to win a substantial majority in a critical national election.

With three quarters of the vote counted, the ANC shows a strong lead with just over 57% of the national vote, according to partial results released by the country's electoral commission. While the ruling party looks set to maintain its grip on power for the next five years, the results show that voter support for the ANC -- the party of Nelson Mandela -- which has ruled since the fall of apartheid in the mid-1990s, is dwindling.

The falling support means that it will be harder for the weakened party to enact its agenda -- including bolstering the flagging economy.

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