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South Africa: Ramaphosa calls on leaders to overcome differences seeks coalition after election deadlock

Current South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa has ruled out the option of stepping down despite calls by other political actors who say they are not ready to join forces with him at the helm of the ANC party, after it failed to get a majority in the May 29 elections.

Following the results announced by the Independent Electoral Committee (IEC) on Sunday, the African National Congress party had 40.18 percent, far below the 57.5 percent majority won in the 2019 election.

The ANC seeks to have a coalition from other parties to have the needed majority, which will make it possible for it to form a government.

It is the first time the ANC fails to get a majority vote since 1994 when Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa. Before now, the ANC had won all of the six previous elections held in the country.

“What this election has made plain is that the people of South Africa expect their leaders to work together to meet their needs. They expect the parties for which they have voted to find common ground” Ramaphosa said after the election results were announced.

The president has urged the country’s leaders to “act and work together”. He hopes to surpass the 50 percent majority vote with more coalition partners.

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