South Africa's largest opposition party promises to lead coalitions, tackle racism

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- reuters.com | 7 months ago

12:41 PM / Updated an hour agoSouth Africa's largest opposition party promises to lead coalitions, tackle racism3 Min ReadJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), although heading for defeat in May 8 national elections, pledged to forge coalitions with smaller parties to break the dominance of the ruling ANC, especially at the local level.

Supporters cheer Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), at his party's final election rally ahead of the country's May 8 poll, in Soweto near Johannesburg, South Africa, May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo South Africans vote for a sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994, and while an all-out victory for the ruling African National Congress is almost certain, the margin of its majority is set to drop following a decade of weak economic growth and a rise in racial tensions.

At the DA’s final campaign rally on Saturday, Mmusi Maimane, the first black African to lead the center-right party, told 5,000 supporters in the township of Soweto the DA would grow jobs, protect minority rights and unite the country.

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