ANC fails to get two-thirds majority

Final results from South Africa’s elections give the long-dominant ANC party a clear victory but not the two-thirds majority it hoped for.

Results released today show the African National Congress with 65.9% of the nearly 18 million votes cast.

The party’s victory was never in doubt, but it was unclear if it would retain its two-thirds majority in the 400-member parliament.

The vote tally roughly parallels the seat distribution, but the exact number of seats must still be allotted by election officials according to a complicated formula after the final count is certified.

The ANC easily passed the two-thirds mark in the last elections, and the party’s rivals will likely make much of the slide.

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