South Africa's ANC party to vote for new leader

Written by  BBC

South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) is set to vote on who will succeed President Jacob Zuma as its leader.

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According to BBC, the main contenders are the country's deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President Zuma's ex-wife.

 

The leadership battle has caused fierce political infighting, raising fears the party may split before 2019 elections.

Mr Zuma has warned the party is under threat and is at a "crossroads". BBC reports.

 

The party has been in power since the country transitioned to democracy in 1994 under Nelson Mandela.

More than 5,000 delegates are taking part in the four-day ANC elective conference at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

 

The leadership contest is expected to be a close one, with legal challenges a possibility. The ballot is done in secret and a result is expected later on Sunday.

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