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South Africa's ANC seeks to reverse sliding support in tough election

Updated : 2019-05-08 13:25:41

The African National Congress is facing its toughest electoral test on Wednesday as it sought to reverse a slide in support from voters frustrated by graft and racial inequalities a generation after it won power in South Africa's first all-race poll.The national election is the first under President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as head of state in February 2018 after four years as Zuma's deputy. Opinion polls suggest the ANC will again win a majority of the 400 seats in the National Assembly, but analysts have predicted its margin of victory will fall, particularly in major cities. The ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, won 62 percent of the vote in 2014's parliamentary election, down from 2009 and far short of its best result, 69 percent in 2004 under President Thabo Mbeki.

The African National Congress is facing its toughest electoral test on Wednesday as it sought to reverse a slide in support from voters frustrated by graft and racial inequalities a generation after it won power in South Africa's first all-race poll. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
The African National Congress is facing its toughest electoral test on Wednesday as it sought to reverse a slide in support from voters frustrated by graft and racial inequalities a generation after it won power in South Africa's first all-race poll. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
The national election is the first under President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as head of state in February 2018 after four years as Zuma's deputy. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
The national election is the first under President Cyril Ramaphosa, who replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as head of state in February 2018 after four years as Zuma's deputy. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
Opinion polls suggest the ANC will again win a majority of the 400 seats in the National Assembly, but analysts have predicted its margin of victory will fall, particularly in major cities. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
Opinion polls suggest the ANC will again win a majority of the 400 seats in the National Assembly, but analysts have predicted its margin of victory will fall, particularly in major cities. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
The ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, won 62 percent of the vote in 2014's parliamentary election, down from 2009 and far short of its best result, 69 percent in 2004 under President Thabo Mbeki. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
The ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of white minority rule in 1994, won 62 percent of the vote in 2014's parliamentary election, down from 2009 and far short of its best result, 69 percent in 2004 under President Thabo Mbeki. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
A voter casts his ballot at a polling station during South Africa's parliamentary and provincial elections, in Alexandra township, Johannesburg. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
A voter casts his ballot at a polling station during South Africa's parliamentary and provincial elections, in Alexandra township, Johannesburg. (REUTERS/Mike Hutchings)
Inkatha Freedom Party agents are seen near a polling station in the Farmlands near Eshowe. (REUTERS/Rogan Ward)
Inkatha Freedom Party agents are seen near a polling station in the Farmlands near Eshowe. (REUTERS/Rogan Ward)
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