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African National Congress Wins First Non-Racial Elections in South Africa
May 13, 2014

The African National Congress (ANC) won an overwhelming 62.2 percent of the vote, the results released by the South African electoral commission on Friday. As a consequence, Jacob Zuma is set to serve a second, five-year term as President.

Although the ANC's victory was decisive, it's showing in this election was weaker compared to its previous performances. The party of late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela had won 65.9 percent of the vote in 2009. 

Meanwhile, the pro-business Democratic Alliance (DA) managed to increase its share of the vote from 16.7 percent to 22.2 percent. The DA also traces its roots back to the anti-apartheid movement. Its supporters are historically mostly whites, Indians, and South Africans of mixed descent.

The far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party trailed in third place with just 6.3 percent of the vote. 

The ANC has dominated South Africa's politics since the end of apartheid more than 20 years ago. Although the party remains respected for the role it played in peacefully ending white-minority role, its hegemonic position has slowly declined over the years.

South Africa suffers from high crime and a 24 percent unemployment rate. President Jacob Zuma has also come under scrutiny for spending more than $20 million (14.5 million Euros) of taxpayer money to renovate his rural homestead. Jacob Zuma claims the money was used to upgrade security.


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