Elections In South Africa: Ramaphosa Calls On Parties To “Find Common Ground”

Elections In South Africa: Ramaphosa Calls On Parties To “Find Common Ground”

After the final election results showed that the ANC had lost its majority, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa urged parties to “find common ground” on Sunday.

The most developed economy in Africa was beginning to find a path ahead after South Africa’s final election results, which were announced on Sunday, indicated that no party had secured a majority. This was the beginning of historic coalition discussions.

In an instant speech, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged the parties to put aside their disagreements and find “common ground” in order to establish the nation’s first national coalition administration in its fledgling democracy.

After more than 99% of the votes were tabulated by Saturday and it was clear that the party could not win more than 50%, Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) party had already lost its 30-year hegemony.

In the election held last week, the ANC secured the highest percentage of votes—roughly 40%—in the final tally.

But in order to co-govern and reelect Ramaphosa for a second term without a majority, it will have to first agree on a coalition with another party or parties.

The number of seats each party receives in Parliament is determined by the country’s national elections, and MPs then choose the president.

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