South Africa's Ramaphosa faces obstacles to reform

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Mfuneko Toyana 7 Min ReadJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Even with a decisive election victory for South Africa’s ruling party this week, the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa could still struggle to push through the tough reforms needed to galvanize Africa’s most developed economy, say analysts and some party insiders.

FILE PHOTO: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during an African National Congress (ANC) election rally in Tongaat, near Durban, South Africa, May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo The former union leader turned business tycoon has promised to introduce major economic reforms and extend a crackdown on corruption if his African National Congress (ANC) party is returned to power in Wednesday’s national election.

 Ramaphosa’s allies say a result close to 60 percent in this week’s parliamentary vote, which some opinion polls suggest could be possible, would strengthen his hand to deliver on those pledges.

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