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South Africa’s ANC headed for election victory but support ebbs

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 11, 2019 16:51

South Africa’s ANC headed for election victory but support ebbs

The African National Congress was headed for victory in South Africa’s election, although the party was on course for its worst performance since it took power 25 years ago.

The ANC held a commanding lead with 90% of the voting districts counted. It had secured 57.38% of the vote so far, while the main opposition Democratic Alliance was on 21.01% and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters had garnered 10.33%.

ANC officials acknowledged the decline in support for the party since the last election in 2014, when it won 62% of the vote, but said the results were still strong enough.

Nelson Mandela’s former liberation party had not won less than a 60% share of the vote since it swept to power in South Africa’s first all-race election in 1994.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 11, 2019 16:51