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South Africa’s ANC contemplates forming government of national unity

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party is contemplating forming a government of national unity that will bring political parties to work together, an official said Wednesday.

“South Africans want us to put together a multiparty arrangement that works for the benefit of the country,’’ ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri told reporters in Johannesburg.

She said the result of the May 29 national election, which did not produce an outright winner, indicates that South Africans want all political parties to work together for the benefit of the people and country.

The ANC, once led by the late global icon Nelson Mandela, dominated South African politics for the past three decades until losing its majority in national and provincial elections last Wednesday.

The party, which used to secure more than 60% in all elections since 1994, except in 2019, when its share dipped to 57.5% -- got only 40.18% of the vote. This has put it in a difficult position to form a government on its own.


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