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S.Africa's ANC wins big poll victory

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S.Africa's ANC wins big poll victory


South Africa’s ANC is celebrating a resounding victory in the country’s general election, clearing the way for its leader Jacob Zuma to become president.

Final results show the ruling party won 65.9 percent of the vote – falling short for the first time of the crucial two-thirds needed to ensure a parliamentary majority. That means the African National Congress leader may struggle to make sweeping constitutional changes. At nearly 80 percent, election turnout was extremely high in the country’s fourth and most competitive poll since the end of apartheid 15 years ago. The Congress of the People (COPE) – the newly formed party of ANC dissidents – failed to make a dramatic impact. But the opposition Democratic Alliance fared much better by gaining control of the Western Cape province, centre of South Africa’s booming tourist industry. The ANC’s questionable record on fighting poverty, violent crime and AIDS may account for its demise in Western Cape. But Zuma may be more concerned with how he is going to keep South Africa’s economy afloat, with the country expected to enter a recession this year.
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