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ANC eyes national unity government after election loss

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South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) has proposed forming a national unity government after losing its parliamentary majority in last week’s elections.

It says it has contacted all parties but negotiations are still ongoing.

“The results indicate that South Africans want all parties to work together,” ANC spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri told reporters.

The ANC received around 40% of the vote, the centre-right Democratic Alliance (DA) on 22%, former president Jacob Zuma’s MK party on 15% and the radical Economic Freedom Fighters on 9%.

Ms Bhengu-Motsiri said the ANC had held discussions with the DA, the EFF and other smaller parties.

She revealed that despite contacting parliament, there has been no positive response.

“We believe that, despite whatever differences we may have, by working together as South Africans we can seize this moment to usher our country into a new era of hope.”

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