May 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won the country’s general election, but has fallen just shy of a two-thirds parliamentary majority that would have empowered it to make changes to the constitution.

Jacob Zuma


President of the African National Congress[1]

Final results gave the party 65.9 per cent of the vote, equivalent to 264 seats in South Africa’s 400-seat parliament

The party’s credentials for ending white minority rule were more important for many voters than its heavily criticised record on fighting poverty, violent crime and HIV/AidsIn his victory speech on Saturday, Jacob Zuma, the ANC leader, said that South Africa’s next president would be a “president for all”.

“Working together we will make it a government for all South Africans,” said Zuma, who is now set to be elected president when parliament convenes on May 6.

Zuma’s ANC lost the support of four per cent of voters since the 2004 elections [Reuters]

A newly formed party of ANC dissidents, the Congress of the People (Cope), failed to make a dramatic impact on the vote held last Wednesday, winning only 7.4 per cent of the vote.

The ruling party’s closest rival was the DA, with just over 16.7 per cent of the vote.

Zuma, 67, has assured investors in South Africa that he will not be dropping policies they are comfortable with, even though his trade union allies want more help for the poor.

Electoral officials estimated the turnout at more than 77 per cent, a little higher than in 2004.

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