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Ramaphosa Set to Rule South Africa After Winning Control of ANC

  • Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa Defeats Dlamini-Zuma
  • Results raise odds of ANC retaining power, analysts say
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Cyril Ramaphosa was narrowly elected the new leader of the ANC. Bloomberg’s Michael Cohen reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in a gripping battle for control of the ruling party, putting him on track to become the nation’s next leader.

Ramaphosa, 65, won 52 percent of vote to 48 percent for Dlamini-Zuma, 68, the tightest margin since Nelson Mandela led the ANC to power in 1994 after the end of apartheid. The outcome is a blow to President Jacob Zuma, who backed his ex-wife to succeed him and now risks being ousted before his second term ends in 2019.