ANC Rejects Calls for Ramaphosa’s Resignation Amid Coalition Talks After Historic Election Loss

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is facing increased pressure as the African National Congress (ANC) records its lowest election performance in three decades, securing around 40% of the vote. This outcome necessitates the ANC to consider coalition options for the first time since the end of apartheid in 1994. The party has ruled out any demands for Ramaphosa to step down as part of coalition negotiations, affirming their commitment to stability, engagement with potential partners, and addressing past mistakes.

  • South Africa’s ANC faces its worst election result in 30 years, obtaining about 40% of the vote.
  • The result requires the ANC to form a coalition government, a first since apartheid ended in 1994.
  • ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula dismissed calls for President Ramaphosa to resign as part of any coalition talks.
  • Mbalula emphasized learning from past mistakes while maintaining trust from the six million voters who supported the ANC.
  • Speculation and rumors about Ramaphosa potentially stepping down were addressed, with the party standing firm against such demands.
  • The ANC is open to engaging with other parties for coalition talks, provided they do not demand Ramaphosa’s resignation.
  • Discussions of a possible government of national unity were mentioned, focusing on stability and correcting previous errors.
  • South Africa’s largest trade union has expressed that any coalition should be led by the ANC and Ramaphosa.
  • The Democratic Alliance (DA) emerges as a potential significant player in the coalition discussions, holding over 20% of the vote.

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