South Africa’s ruling party is voting for a new chief. More than 4,000 delegates have begun a five-day conference that could determine who becomes the country’s next leader. President Thabo Mbeki is barred from seeking a third term as president of the nation, but he can be re-elected president of the African National Congress. Observers say that would give him a big say on who becomes the ANC’s presidential candidate to replace him in 2009.
Also standing for the party’s top job is Jacob Zuma, who would almost certainly become the presidential candidate should he become head of the party. The race is said to be the most divisive the ANC has ever seen.