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South Africa’s ANC Party In Decline: Coalition Government Likely

May 31, 20242:11

A significant shift in South Africa's political landscape is underway as partial election results show that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is poised to lose its majority in Parliament. It would be the first time the ANC has lost its majority hold since Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994. Oge Onubogu, Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, provides insight on this historic moment. She talks about the significance of an ANC loss, what a power-sharing arrangement might look like, and how the election fares in relation to other key democracies in Africa, like Senegal and Ghana. Final election results will not be known until early next week.


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Oge Onubogu

Director, Africa Program
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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and US-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial US-Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in US-Africa relations.    Read more