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14 May 2019 | 11:34 AM UTC

South Africa: Ruling ANC party wins May 8 elections; Ramaphosa's inauguration May 25 /update 1

South Africa News Alert

Ruling ANC party wins the May 8 elections; Ramaphosa's inauguration to be held on May 25

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/25/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Johannesburg). COUNTRY/REGION South Africa, Pretoria

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South Africa: General elections set for May 8

Event

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party won 57.5 percent of the parliamentary vote, retaining power in eight of the nine provinces across the country following the legislative elections which were held without incident on Wednesday, May 8. The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) secured 20.77 percent of the votes, while the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) secured 10.79 percent of the votes. The turnout was relatively low compared to previous votes - 65 percent - mostly due to disinterest and low confidence towards the main contenders.

Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration is expected to be held at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday, May 25. A heightened security presence, along with transportation and commercial disruptions are likely during the event.

Context

Ramaphosa, replaced former president Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in December 2017, and became President of South Africa after Zuma resigned on February 14, 2018, due to numerous controversies, including accusations of corruption and misuse of public funds.

Advice

Individuals in South Africa, notably in Pretoria, are advised to  avoid any political gatherings as a precaution, anticipate localized disruptions on May 25, and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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