Zuma's boycott of election results forces ANC to consider coalition with Malema

As South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urges unity and open dialogue about the upcoming coalition, former President Jacob Zuma boycotted the results ceremony. Despite finishing third, Zuma's uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party has refused to acknowledge the results. However, the party may still hold significant influence over the country's future.

The final tally gave Ramaphosa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) 159 seats in the 400-seat National Assembly, its lowest score in a general election.

The vote share of the party, which Nelson Mandela led into the first post-apartheid government, slumped to just over 40 percent from the 57 percent it had won in 2019.

The centre-right opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) won 87 seats, Zuma's MK 58 and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of leftist Julius Malema 39, former ANC youth leader, followed by several minority outfits.

The new parliament has to meet within two weeks. Its first task will be to elect a president to form a new government.

With no outright winner for the first time since the advent of South Africa's post-apartheid democracy, the ANC will first need to seek outside support to secure Ramaphosa's re-election.

Zuma kingmaker?

One of Zuma's conditions for any discussions about coalition with the ANC is the departure of Ramaphosa.

(with newswires)

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