South Africa’s descent into hell: President Ramaphosa’s ANC out

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Since the announcement of the final results of the legislative elections on June 2, intense negotiations have been carried out between parties on the formation of the next government. President Ramaphosa’s proposal for a government of national unity was received coldly by several parties. The EFF has notably rejected the idea of ​​joining forces with rivals such as the DA, citing radically opposing political views.

The President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa has just declared that under section 51 of the Constitution, the first sitting of the National Assembly will be held on Friday June 14, 2024 at 10 a.m. (08:00 GMT, or the 400 deputies elected to the legislative elections will be present

South Africa held the most contested election since the advent of democracy in the country at the end of May. The African National Congress (ANC), in power since the end of apartheid, obtained only 40% of the vote, falling below 50% for the first time in national elections.

Without an absolute majority for his Party, President Cyril Ramaphosa, 71, called for the formation of a government of national unity associating the ANC with a large part of the opposition ranging from the far right to the far left. The ANC now only has 159 seats compared to 230 in the outgoing Parliament.

The leading opposition Party (Democratic Alliance, DA) won 87 seats on the basis of a liberal program while the radical left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) won 39 seats by supporting radical reforms such as the redistribution of land to blacks and the nationalization of key economic sectors.

Former President Jacob Zuma’s party, uMkhonto weSizwe (MK), has become the third largest force in the country with 58 seats.

The organization announced its intention to file a legal challenge to prevent the first parliamentary session, denouncing irregularities during the vote.

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