SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa wins re-election, but ANC falls short of 60% for first time

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, and his party, African National Congress (ANC) have emerged victorious in the country’s 2019 elections.

The ANC, which has led South Africa’s government since the fall of apartheid in 1994, for the first in 25 years failed to win at least 60 percent, securing 57.51% of votes in the national elections.

According to the results on the country’s Independent Electoral Commission website, Democratic Alliance (DA) score 20.76% and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters garnered 10.79%.

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Corruption allegations against top figure in the party and the country’s stagnant economy played a major role the ANC’s poor performance in the polls.

Saturday’s win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC and another five years in office for President Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa replaced Jacob Zuma as President in February 2018

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