Ramaphosa Set for Re-election Amid ANC’s Worst Election Result


JOHANNESBURG, June 14 (Reuters) – Cyril Ramaphosa is poised to be re-elected as South Africa’s president after negotiating a power-sharing deal with opposition parties following the African National Congress’s (ANC) worst election result since apartheid ended.

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Ramaphosa, a skilled negotiator, secured an agreement with the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Inkatha Freedom Party, and the Patriotic Alliance, as the National Assembly convened to elect a new head of state. This deal will allow him to continue as president despite the ANC losing its parliamentary majority in the May 29 elections.

The ANC, which won only 40% of the vote, has had to enter into coalition negotiations for the first time in 30 years. The DA confirmed that it has secured the deputy speaker position in parliament, while other details of the agreement remain unclear. Ramaphosa may need to make substantial policy concessions or cede key cabinet positions to maintain his presidency.

Despite receiving support from top ANC officials, Ramaphosa faces challenges within his party, which remains divided. His leadership was previously jeopardized by allegations of misconduct over the “Farmgate” scandal, although he was cleared and re-elected ANC leader in 2022.

The ANC’s decline in support, driven by voter dissatisfaction with high unemployment, crime, and power shortages, was exacerbated by Zuma’s new party, uMkhonto we Sizwe, which made significant gains, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.

Critics have accused Ramaphosa of lacking decisive leadership on crucial reforms, though his supporters commend his consensus-building and international advocacy, such as his call for fair vaccine distribution during the COVID-19 pandemic and South Africa’s legal action against Israel at the International Court of Justice.

Ramaphosa, who campaigned on the ANC’s historical achievements, urged parties to unite and address South Africa’s challenges collaboratively. “South Africans expect the parties for which they have voted to find common ground, overcome their differences, and act together for the good of everyone,” he stated.

By Naija247news
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