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South Africa President re-elected as party leader

IN CHARGE: Jacob Zuma

SOUTH AFRICA President Jacob Zuma has been re-elected as the leader of the political party the African National Congress (ANC) after receiving the majority of the votes from his delegates following a leadership challenge.

Eruptions of cheers took place in Bloemfontein on December 17 when it was announced that Zuma received 2,983 votes while his opposition, Kgalema Motlanthe, garnered 991.

Motlanthe, who was Zuma’s deputy, has now been replaced by veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Cyril Ramaphosa.

The 70-year-old Zuma is now virtually assured a five-year terms as South African President in the 2014 elections.

ANC delegate Sinovuyo Kley told Reuters: "I don't care what people say about Jacob Zuma. When you hear him sing, you know he is one with the people. He speaks our language and knows our struggles."

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