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“As the country prepares for a new administration, all parties must work together to maintain the momentum for reform, growth and transformation,” Mr Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly letter to the nation.

Mr Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) received just 40% of the vote in last week’s vote, recording its lowest score since the advent of democracy in the country in 1994. Under the bar 50% and without an absolute majority in the National Assembly, the historic party must now form alliances to govern.

The ANC has already indicated that it wants to form a national unity government with a broad group of opposition parties, ranging from the far right to the far left. The proposal received a cool reception last week from several of its partners, including the radical left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who initially rejected the idea of ​​joining forces with rivals with radically different political views. , such as the Democratic Alliance (DA), a center-right party.

South African parties were yesterday discussing the formation of a coalition government, with President Cyril Ramaphosa calling for unity after a parliamentary election that failed to give an outright majority to any of the contesting parties.

Leader of the EFF (radical left), Julius Malema seemed to reject the idea of ​​forming a government of national unity with the ANC.

But talks continued over the weekend as the deadline to reach a deal approached. The new parliament is due to meet in the coming days to elect the president who will form a new government. The DA’s federal council met yesterday to decide what to do after negotiations with the ANC. The decision-making body of the Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) was also due to discuss coalition proposals.

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