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South Africa: ANC has won!!

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  1. Steve Dii

    Steve Dii JF-Expert Member

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    South Africa's ANC fails to get 2/3 majority


    Associated Press Writer= PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) â€" South Africa's long-dominant ANC won overwhelmingly in parliamentary elections, but did not get the two-thirds of the vote it won with ease in the last elections, according to the final tally released Saturday. The victory puts party leader Jacob Zuma in line for the presidency.

    The African National Congress took 65.9 percent of the nearly 18 million votes cast Wednesday.

    The victory was never in doubt. But it was unclear whether the party would retain its coveted two-thirds of the seats in the 400-member parliament. The vote tally roughly parallels the seat distribution, but the exact number of seats must still be allotted by election officials according to a complicated formula after the final count is certified.

    ANC spokesman Ishmael Mnisi said the apparent slide from previous votes was unimportant.

    "We don't read much into percentages," he said. "We're quite happy with the mandate that the people of all races, black and white, have given the ANC."

    The ANC won 69.69 percent of the vote in the last elections in 2004, when it was led by Zuma's rival Thabo Mbeki. It won 66.35 percent in 1999. In the country's first all-race vote in 1994, the ANC won 62.64 percent of the vote.

    The party's rivals will make much of the slide, however slight.

    It could be seen as a message that voters want some limits on the party. ANC rivals had argued Zuma should not have the two-thirds majority needed to enact major budgetary plans or legislation unchallenged, or to change the constitution.

    "We have said that we don't need that" two-thirds majority, the ANC's Mnisi said. "We don't even have the intention to change the constitution."

    It could be linked to the split in the movement that defeated apartheid. A new, black-led party formed by disgruntled former ANC leaders close to Mbeki was placed third in the race, with just over 7 percent of the final tally.

    The main opposition Democratic Alliance got just over 16 percent. In total more than 77 percent of the country's 23 million registered voters cast ballots.

    A strong ethnic vote from Zulus in Zuma's rural homeland helped boost the ANC, which sees the populist Zuma as the first leader who can energize voters since the legendary Nelson Mandela. Supporters confident of an ANC victory have been celebrating since voting ended Wednesday.

    Parliament elects the president in South Africa, and was expected to vote Zuma into office in May.

    Zuma faces a heavy responsibility â€" meeting expectations for change among South Africa's impoverished black majority.

    FULL STORY HERE: World news Feed Article | World news | guardian.co.uk
  2. WomanOfSubstance

    WomanOfSubstance JF-Expert Member

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    Lets see how it goes with Zuma.
  3. Companero

    Companero Platinum Member

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    Ewa sasa kutakuwa na demokrasia ya kweli bungeni maana ANC hawajapata hiyo 2/3 ya kura hivyo hawataweza kuwaburuza wenzao na kupitisha miswada na bajeti hovyo hovyo - natamani 2010 iwe hivi kwa CCM kwenye bunge letu tukufu!
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    But this was expected already!!
  5. Cynic

    Cynic JF-Expert Member

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    Just curious itakuwaje siku atakapokutana uso kwa uso na Mzee Mugabe
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    Rodelite JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu...I second your wish....Lakini vyama vya upinzani vinahitaji umoja ili viweze kuwahamasisha wapiga kura (hasa vijijini), na pia kuwateka baadhi ya wanachama wa CCM....ili wapate viti vingi bungeni. Swala la kuwania urais kwa vyama vya upinzani bado sana.
    Iko Mbinu ya kuweza kufanikisha jambo hili...lakini...ni "quite expensive".
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    Kituko JF-Expert Member

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    kwa kweli mamboa uraisi imeshaprove failure wapinzani lazima waweke nguvu kwenye ubunge, kama bunge likiwa na robo ya wabunge wa upinzani na robo nyingine radicals wa ccm, mwakyembe, kilango, hapo kutakuwa na mambo ya maana bungeni