South Africans Vote As Mandela's Ruling Party Strives To Retain Power

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- weaa.org | a month ago

Votes are being counted with results expected in the coming days after South Africans voted Wednesday in what's being seen as a referendum on the party that's governed the country for 25 years, since apartheid ended.

Local outlets report that turnout in townships appeared low on the public holiday, especially compared to the first nonracial elections in 1994. That year, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first democratically elected, and first black, president to lead a hopeful nation.

His party, the African National Congress, is expected to retain a majority but its margin for victory and sway on South Africa's provinces remain to be seen.

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