ANC set for worst poll result since end of apartheid


"Black South Africans have voted for the DA, white South Africans have voted for the DA". And, at the other end of the spectrum, an elite, mainly white minority continues to thrive.

Early results showed the ANC taking a smaller share of the vote than it had in previous elections.

South Africa therefore stands of the cusp of another massive change in the composition of the official opposition with the DA expected to get a run for its money from Mr Malema and the EFF who might emerge as the kingmakers in Parliament.

The tallies up on the large leader board at the IEC's national results centre in Pretoria, place the African National Congress (ANC) in the lead with 57.21% of the votes, the Democratic Alliance (DA) at 21.84% of the votes and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at 10.08%. The election year before that - 2009 - the party won 66% of the vote.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has the full backing of the ANC to reduce the size of the cabinet after the elections, senior official Fikile Mbalula said.

How will US sanctions on crude oil from Iran affect India?
Oil prices stabilised on Wednesday as markets remained relatively tight amid USA sanctions on crude exporters Iran and Venezuela .

Our reporter on the ground, Daniel Mumbere, gave a rundown of the process of special voting on The Morning Call.

The ANC has been confronted by deepening public anger over its failure to tackle poverty and inequality in post-apartheid South Africa. If the result stands, it will be the party's worst electoral showing since it came to power 25 years ago.

"Across provinces, the ANC is growing". "The ANC has taken people for granted". If the ANC doesn't do well, there's a better chance of Ramaphosa being ousted from the party structures, with crooks like Ace Magashule and David Mabuza (and a certain Jacob Zuma behind the scenes) becoming more powerful. He denies any wrongdoing.

Voters went to the polls at nearly 23,000 polling stations across the country on Wednesday, with ANC leader President Cyril Ramaphosa promising to crack down on corruption in the party, following years of graft scandals associated with his predecessor Jacob Zuma's time in office. But he faces a struggle convincing some members of his party to back his reformist agenda. The party won 62% of the vote in the 2014 election.

Previous year the DA became embroiled in a bitter dispute with one of its most prominent politicians, former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille.

Despite arrests, terror threat persists in Sri Lanka, says PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government will compensate those who lost property in the night-time clashes. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said on Monday that Negombo was calm and curfew had ended at 7 am.

The party is reportedly banking on "Ramaphoria", voters' loyalty to Ramaphosa, despite senior leaders' skepticism of what his reforms could mean in practice.

Mbete also told Al Jazeera that two interesting opposition trends had emerged so far: the right-wing Freedom Front Plus picking up votes at the expense of the DA and the EFF, in only its second election, picking up votes at the expense of the ANC.

The party's share of the vote has not fallen below 60% in national elections since the end of the apartheid regime in 1994.

These are, so far, the leading three parties in the race for the national government.

The ANC's reputation was badly sullied under Zuma. The decrease in the ANC's vote could make it more hard for him to remove senior officials and cabinet ministers who have been linked to corruption.

Crowds gather for coronation procession of Thai king
The junta that seized power in 2014 and has vowed to defend the monarchy is aiming to return to power through the ballot box. Thailand's monarchy is swaddled in ritual, protocol and hierarchy all orbiting around the king, who is viewed as a demigod.

Predicting that the ANC will remain in government outside the Western Cape is based on political common sense.