South African president refuses to resign from position


(MENAFN) In the wake of South Africa's ruling African National congress (ANC) party's diminished electoral performance, Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula asserted on Sunday that the ANC would not entertain demands from potential coalition partners for President Cyril Ramaphosa's resignation. Mbalula's declaration came as the ANC grappled with the aftermath of last week's National Assembly and regional parliamentary elections, where final results revealed a significant decline in the party's electoral support.

Announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on Sunday, the ANC secured just 40.18% of the vote, marking a notable 17-percentage point drop from its performance in the 2019 election. With the opposition centrist Democratic Alliance finishing second with 21.81 percent, and former President Jacob Zuma's left-wing Umkhonto Wesizwe party receiving 14.58% of the vote, the ANC's electoral setback has sparked discussions about potential coalition arrangements.

While the ANC retained the largest share of votes, its failure to secure a majority in South Africa's general election for the first time in 30 years has prompted speculation about the future trajectory of the party. Despite the ANC's diminished parliamentary representation, Deputy Secretary-General Nomvula Mokonyane asserted earlier that the party is engaging in discussions with various stakeholders regarding potential coalition partnerships.

Analysts cited by multiple media outlets have suggested that President Cyril Ramaphosa could face mounting pressure to step down if the ANC fails to surpass the 45% threshold of the vote. However, Mbalula's statement underscores the ANC's steadfast commitment to retaining Ramaphosa as the party's leader amidst evolving coalition dynamics and internal deliberations over the party's future direction.

As South Africa navigates the complexities of coalition politics and confronts the challenges of governance in the aftermath of the elections, the ANC's stance on Ramaphosa's leadership underscores the intricacies of managing political transitions and preserving stability in the country's democratic landscape.

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