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South African Pres. Ramaphosa heads for re-election victory amid ANC’s lacklustre results

Demonstrating his negotiation skills, Ramaphosa successfully brokered an agreement with the opposition, including the Democratic Alliance, led by white leadership, and at least two smaller political parties

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Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa is poised to secure a second term as South Africa’s president, having successfully negotiated a coalition agreement with opposition parties to form a government of national unity.
Persecondnews recalls that the African National Congress (ANC) recently suffered its worst electoral showing since the end of apartheid, a historic low point that significantly reshapes South Africa’s political terrain.
Demonstrating his negotiation skills, Ramaphosa successfully brokered an agreement with the opposition, including the Democratic Alliance, led by white leadership, and at least two smaller political parties.
This new development was confirmed by officials from the DA and other parties on the day the National Assembly convened for the first time since the election and prepared to elect a new president.
This deal enables Ramaphosa to retain his presidency and temporarily withstand the repercussions of the ANC’s significant loss of support, which resulted in the party losing its parliamentary majority in the May 29 election, marking a substantial decline in its political influence.
Despite his re-election, Ramaphosa, 71, has emerged from the election with diminished political capital, and some political pundits are sceptical about his ability to complete a full second term as president, which would last five years.
The ANC, a party founded by Nelson Mandela, secured only 40% of the vote, a historic low, forcing the former liberation movement to enter into a power-sharing agreement with opposition parties for the first time in three decades.
On Friday, as the parliament gathered, the DA announced that it had formalized a unity government agreement with the ANC, marking a significant shift in South Africa’s political landscape.
In addition to the Democratic Alliance (DA), the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a socially conservative group, and the Patriotic Alliance (PA), a right-wing party, have also agreed to join the coalition government.
The DA will serve as deputy speaker of parliament, indicating a sharing of power and responsibilities within the coalition, even though the agreement’s specifics are still unknown.

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