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July 19, 2024
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SA HEADS FOR GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNITY

Maseru, June 14 — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have reached a deal to form a government of national unity. The state broadcaster SABC reported Friday.

The deal, comes in the wake of May 29 elections that denied the ANC one-party rule for the first time in three decades, also includes the Patriotic Alliance (PA) which has nine seats in parliament and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) with 17 seats.

The ANC has 159 legislators in the 400-member National Assembly, while the centre-right main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has 87, uMkonto Wesizwe Party has 58, Economic Freedom Fighters has 39, IFP has 17 and the remaining 14 parties in parliament have between nine and one seats each.

According to South Africa media reports, ANC leader and current President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to be re-elected Friday during the first sitting of parliament currently underway with the support of the DA, IFP and PA.

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