12 May 201911:18

Comment by the Information and Press Department regarding elections in the South African Republic


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On May 8, the South African Republic held a general election to the National Assembly (lower house of parliament) and provincial legislatures.

A group of foreign experts, including representatives of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, took part in monitoring this election. According to all accounts, the general election was held in an atmosphere of calm in keeping with national laws and international standards.

According to the results released by the Electoral Commission of South Africa, an independent body, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) won the election with 58 per cent of the vote, obtaining an absolute majority in the National Assembly. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, won 21 per cent of the vote.

The current ANC leader and head of state Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to be elected President of the South African Republic during the first session of the National Assembly’s new legislature.

Russia views the outcome of the election as an expression of support by a majority of South Africans for the policy led by the ANC and Cyril Ramaphosa to promote social justice and economic wellbeing, as well as enhance the country’s international standing.

Moscow expresses its firm commitment to further expanding the strategic partnership with the South African Republic in politics, trade, investment, humanitarian affairs and in other areas, and looks forward to effective coordination within the UN, BRICS, the Group of Twenty and other multilateral frameworks in the interests of global security and a strengthening of the multipolar world order.

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