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Ramaphosa Helps Halt Decline of South Africa's Ruling Party

  • ANC on track to win 57.3% of the vote, latest tallies show
  • President’s anti-corruption drive resonates with voters
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on election day.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa on election day.Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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South Africa’s African National Congress has extended its quarter-century grip on political power and it largely has President Cyril Ramaphosa to thank for halting its decline.

The ANC won 57.3% of the votes cast in May 8 national elections, official tallies from 90% of the voting stations show. The party looked to be in danger of losing its majority when its support slipped to a record low of 54.5% in municipal elections three years ago, as many of its supporters boycotted the vote in protest at then-President Jacob Zuma’s immersion in a series of scandals.