ANC and DA agree on a unity government in South Africa

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South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), has reached an agreement with the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), to form a national unity government, officials say.

This comes after weeks of speculation about who the ANC would work with after losing its parliamentary majority for the first time in three decades in last month’s elections.

It received 40% of the vote, while the DA came second with 22%.

This paves the way for ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa to remain president.

An alliance between the DA, a centre-right party, and the ANC is unprecedented, as the two parties have been rivals for decades.

Despite the bitter history, DA leader John Steenhuisen said the deal was a “new chapter in our history”.

The deal will also involve the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a conservative party with a strong Zulu base, which received 4% of the vote.

South African news website News24 says the agreement covers the distribution of posts in government, as well as provincial governments in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

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