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Some election results show that the ANC’s support rate is below 50%, and South Africa is heading towards a “United Nation”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote during the South African elections on May 29, 2024 in Soweto, South Africa.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote during the South African elections on May 29, 2024 in Soweto, South Africa. Image source: Reuters

South Africa moved closer to the reality of forming a national coalition government for the first time on Friday, with partial election results showing the ruling African National Congress fell well short of a majority.

More than half of the votes in the country’s nine provinces have been counted, with the ANC receiving just under 42% of the national vote. Although the final results of Wednesday’s election have not yet been announced, this is a significant drop from 57.5% in the last national election in 2019.

The commission responsible for the elections said those results would be announced by Sunday, or possibly earlier.

The ANC will most likely need a coalition partner to form a government and re-elect President Cyril Ramaphosa for a second and final term, vote tallies from more than 13,000 polling stations out of 23,000 showed.

The leader of South Africa’s main opposition party has said he is open to working with the ANC, although he would have to first talk to other parties with whom he has signed pre-election agreements.

“The way to save South Africa is to break the ANC majority, and we have done that,” said John Steenhuisen, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

The ANC is widely expected to remain the largest party and have the most seats in parliament.

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