Historic Shift: ANC Loses Parliamentary Majority in South African Elections

In a historic election, the African National Congress (ANC) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since the end of apartheid. With over 99% of votes counted, the ANC had just over 40%, falling short of the majority. The party now needs coalition partners to maintain governance.

PTI | Johannesburg | Updated: 01-06-2024 19:50 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 19:43 IST
Historic Shift: ANC Loses Parliamentary Majority in South African Elections
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In a historic turn of events, the African National Congress (ANC) has lost its parliamentary majority in South Africa's latest elections, marking the first such occurrence since the apartheid era ended 30 years ago. The ANC secured just over 40% of the vote, a significant decline from past majorities.

With more than 99% of the votes counted, the ANC fell well short of the majority it has enjoyed since 1994. This result forces the party to seek coalition partners to remain in power and reelect President Cyril Ramaphosa. The independent electoral commission, which oversees the election, has yet to formally declare the results but indicated that the ANC cannot surpass the 50% mark.

Opposition parties have celebrated the outcome as a breakthrough for addressing poverty and inequality in the country. Leaders like John Steenhuisen of the Democratic Alliance see this as a potential shift in South Africa's governance. The ANC's next steps will involve negotiation, with potential coalition partners being sought to maintain parliamentary control.

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