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ANC win absolute majority of votes in SAfrica parliamentary poll

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ANC win absolute majority of votes in SAfrica parliamentary poll

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South Africa’s ruling ANC have been celebrating a landslide victory in the general election. With most ballots counted, the mood was buoyant on just over a 66 percent share of the vote – the only spoiler was that the tally has fallen less than a percentage point short of the two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to change the constitution.

But that did not prevent the mocking of the ANC’s nearest rival – the Democratic Alliance -which only polled around 16.5 percent although they did take the tourist favourite, the Western Cape Province. The leader of the other main player, “The Congress of the People” put a bit of spin on their 7.5 percent haul. Party President Mosioua Lekota said: “The Congress of the People has made history. It will take a very long, long time for anybody to equal this performance.” With the celebrations continuing, election officials monitoring the poll have declared it free and fare, allowing ANC leader, Jacob Zuma, to prepare to become South Africa’s new president.