Historic Shift: ANC Loses Parliamentary Majority in Landmark South African Election

In a historic election result, the African National Congress (ANC) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since the end of apartheid. The ANC's support fell below 50%, highlighting a significant political shift in South Africa. Coalition government discussions are now imminent as opposition parties celebrate.


PTI | Johannesburg | Updated: 01-06-2024 21:13 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 21:13 IST
Historic Shift: ANC Loses Parliamentary Majority in Landmark South African Election
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The African National Congress (ANC) has lost its parliamentary majority in a pivotal election result, heralding a new political chapter for South Africa since the end of apartheid 30 years ago. The ANC secured just over 40% of the vote, far from the majority it maintained since 1994 under Nelson Mandela.

With over 99% of the votes counted, the Independent Electoral Commission is set to formally announce the results on Sunday. The ANC's decline signifies a historic turning point, leading to the first coalition government in the nation's history.

Although opposition parties hailed the result as a significant victory for combating poverty and inequality, the ANC remains South Africa's largest party. However, their profound slump will necessitate coalition talks to keep President Cyril Ramaphosa in power, threatening a complex and uncertain future for Africa's most advanced economy.

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