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Date:11 May 2019
#SouthAfrica: Incumbent ANC Wins Re-election

 Incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa and the African National Congress (ANC) party, have won reelection in South Africa, maintaining its control of government.

 
The ANC, which has led South Africa’s government since the fall of apartheid in 1994, was expected to prevail in these elections. But corruption and the country’s stagnant economy tested the party’s standing. In the end, it won slightly more than 57 percent of the vote — the first time in 25 years the party has failed to win at least 60 percent in national elections.
 
Even though the ANC still has no serious challengers — the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, came in second place with just 20 percent of the vote. 
 
The ANC is unique in politics because of its history as the party of liberation in South Africa. The majority of black voters identify with the party, and it has dominated the political landscape since South Africa became a full democracy in 1994.
 
Yet the election indicates that a least a share of voters — which likely includes black South African voters — may be losing some trust in the ANC.


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