South African deal agreed as MPs due to elect president

A coalition deal has been confirmed that will see Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as president.

The leader of the DA, the second-largest party, calls the deal a ‘new chapter’ for the country.

The ANC says other parties are looking at the agreed document that’s being called the ‘statement of intent’.

The new MPs have been sworn in after the 29 May election.

That was when the African National Congress lost its majority for the first time in 30 years.

The outcome forced the party into coalition talks.

The MPs are expected to elect the president after the election of the speaker and deputy speaker of parliament.

The ANC’s Thoko Didiza was elected speaker.

The party that came third in the poll – ex-President Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe – has challenged the outcome of the election and its MPs have not turned up.

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