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President Cyril Ramaphosa calls for unity after ANC lost its majority

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has called for unity of political parties in the country after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) lost its majority in parliament in the elections.

This is after the election results showed that the oldest liberation movement once led by Nelson Mandela taking a minority share of the Parliament seats.

In 2019 parliamentary vote, ANC had a 57.5 percent dominance which has since gone down to 40.2 percent with voters citing  joblessness, inequality and rolling blackouts as the reason why they have slashed their support for the party.

uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), a new party led by former president Jacob Zuma scooped 14.7 percent of the seats coming third after the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) which got 21.6 percent of the seats.

“South Africans expect the parties for which they have voted to find common ground, overcome their differences, and act together for the good of everyone. That’s what South Africans have said,” said President Ramaphosa.

As the political landscape is about to change, unity among parties will see fair distribution of resources and increased development as remaining the way things are, will hinder ANC from passing any legislations before parliament.

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