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South Africa’s Ramaphosa survives ANC attempts to win a second term

Cyril Ramaphosa was re-elected as South Africa’s president on Friday after reaching a deal with the opposition for a national unity government following his African National Congress party’s worst election result since the end of apartheid.

Ramaphosa, a skilled negotiator, struck the deal with the white-led Democratic Alliance and at least two other smaller parties as the National Assembly held its first meeting since the election and prepared to elect a head of state.

But the 71-year-old Ramaphosa has emerged weakened from the May 29 elections when the ANC lost its parliamentary majority, and some political analysts have questioned whether he will be able to serve a full second five-year term.

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