May 11, 2019 / 4:59 PM / a month ago

South Africa's ANC wins majority in parliamentary election - electoral commission

A man walks past election billboards of President Cyril Ramaphosa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in Soweto township near Johannesburg, South Africa, May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

PRETORIA (Reuters) - The ruling African National Congress (ANC) party won the majority of parliamentary seats with a 57.5% share in this week’s South African vote, the electoral commission said on Saturday.

The ANC’s victory secures it enough seats to give President Cyril Ramaphosa another five years in office, but the party was punished by voters for faltering efforts to address corruption, unemployment and racial disparities in housing, services and land distribution.

The ANC’s seats in the 400-member parliament fell to 230 from 249. The main opposition Democratic Alliance also saw its number of seats fall to 84 from 89, while the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters gained 19 seats to 44.

Reporting by Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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