Cyril Ramaphosa retains presidency in South Africa

South Africa’s New Coalition Government

South Africa’s parliament has re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s president following a landmark coalition deal between the governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties.

The new government of national unity combines Mr Ramaphosa’s ANC, the centre-right Democratic Alliance (DA) and smaller parties.

In his victory speech, Mr Ramaphosa hailed the new coalition, emphasizing the need for leaders to “act and work together for the good of everyone in our country.”

The Coalition Agreement

The agreement was reached after weeks of speculation about whom the ANC would partner with, following the loss of its parliamentary majority in last month’s elections.

The multi-party deal does not involve two ANC breakaway parties, raising questions about its ability to deliver the economic improvements demanded by voters.

Historical Context

The ANC had always polled above 50% since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, but recent support has declined due to issues like corruption, unemployment, and crime.

Under Nelson Mandela, the ANC led the fight against apartheid and won the country’s first democratic elections.

Reactions and Criticisms

Among the party leaders speaking after the agreement was reached was Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters. He criticized the coalition as a way to consolidate white monopoly power in the economy.

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