The African National Congress has won the South African election, despite its worst-ever result.
The victory gives President Cyril Ramaphosa another five years in office but the party’s poor showing will make it difficult for him to fight rivals.
After the ANC was declared the winner, he said: “Let us now work together, black and white, men and women, young and old to build a South Africa that truly belongs to all that live in it.”
But many of those men and women punished his party for failures to address corruption, unemployment and racial inequality.
Despite being Africa’s most advanced economy, South Africa is one of the world’s most unequal societies, according to the World Bank.
The ANC’s 57.5% share of the vote was its worst-ever election performance since South Africa’s first free election marked the end of white minority rule in 1994.
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