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ANC Celebrates Early in South Africa

With official results expected Saturday, South Africa’s presidency and a two-thirds majority in parliament will go to Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress, making Zuma the third president in the country’s short democratic history.

Voice of America:

With most of the vote counting done the ruling African National Congress looks set to achieve its goal of winning a two-thirds majority in South Africa’s national assembly. The official announcement is expected Saturday.

Jacob Zuma and his ANC started celebrating early. At a victory celebration billed as a thank-you party for party workers and volunteers, he said he expects an overwhelming mandate.

With a resounding victory for his party, Zuma is assured of being elected by the ANC dominated parliament as the country’s third president since the advent of democracy in 1994. His anticipated inauguration on May 9 will, for him, be a successful conclusion to his single-minded struggle of nearly 10 years to hold South Africa’s highest office.

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