South Africa's unity government now has five parties, ANC says

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Jun 17, 2024, 08:42 PM


Jun 17, 2024, 08:42 PM

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress said on Monday South Africa's new government has five parties in it so far, representing more than two thirds of the seats in the National Assembly, and talks with other parties were ongoing.

Following last month's election, the ANC was forced to forge alliances with other political parties after failing to win a parliamentary majority for the first since the 1994 election that marked the end of apartheid.

ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa was re-elected as South Africa's president by parliament on Friday, as his party drew support from its largest rival, the white-led, pro-business Democratic Alliance, as well as two smaller parties - the socially conservative Inkatha Freedom Party and the right-wing Patriotic Alliance.

The ANC said on Monday that another smaller party, GOOD, had also signed up to be part of the unity government pact.

This collective represents 273 seats in the National Assembly, or 68%, the ANC said in a statement.

South Africa's parliament has 400 seats. The ANC won 159 seats, the DA is the second-largest party with 87 seats, the IFP has 17 seats, PA has 9 seats and GOOD has a single seat.

The ANC said the unity government would ensure representation in government for all participating parties and would make decisions by consensus.

Among its priorities, the unity government is set to focus on rapid, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, the promotion of fixed capital investment, job creation, land reform and infrastructure development, the ANC said.

"The president will exercise the prerogative to appoint the cabinet, in consultation with leaders of GNU (government of national unity) parties, adhering to existing protocols on government decision-making and budgeting," the ANC said, adding it was still in discussions with more parties to join ...

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