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ANC Wins S African Elections For The 5th Successive Time

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The ruling African National Congress party (ANC) has won South Africa’s fifth democratic election by a significant albeit reduced majority, debunking speculation that the party would be punished over high unemployment and political controversy.

Early on Saturday, and with 100 per cent of the votes tallied, the ANC had 62.2 percent of the count, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), was in second place with 22.2 percent of the votes.

In the previous election, in 2009, the ANC received 65.9 percent of votes cast and the DA had 16.6 percent.

The ANC thanked its supporters on social media, while the DA said its support base had grown because of its offer of “clean government and job creation”.

The IEC is expected to confirm the results later on Saturday.

More than 25 million South Africans registered for this year’s poll and voter turnout was 73.43 percent. It was the first election since the death of Nelson Mandela and marked 20 years since the end of apartheid.

ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu told Al Jazeera that the party’s “well-oiled election campaign” proved to be effective in delivering votes.

“We are still the party that restored the dignity of our people in this country. People will never forget that. We are very humbled by the confidence the people have shown to the African National Congress,” he said.

Earlier, the African Union observer mission declared the election to be “free, fair, transparent and credible”.

The IEC, however, is dealing with four complaints lodged by opposition parties to the results. Those complaints have been lodged by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the United Democratic Movement and the Democratic Alliance.

On Friday, EFF members protested outside the premises of the national broadcaster, alleging that the slow process of counting was a result of the ruling party rigging the vote. [AlJazeera]

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

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“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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