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South Africa: Jacob Zuma re-elected as ANC leader

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Published on Dec 18, 2012

South Africa's governing African National Congress has re-elected President Jacob Zuma as its leader.

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) re-elected President Jacob Zuma as leader of the party on Tuesday, setting him up for another seven years as head of state.

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was chosen as President Zuma's deputy.

More than 4,000 ANC delegates, crammed into a marquee in the central city of Bloemfontein, erupted into wild cheers when Mr Zuma was confirmed in the top party post after comfortably seeing off a challenge by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The rand edged higher against the dollar after the announcement, reflecting relief among investors in Africa's biggest economy at the likelihood of policies remaining largely unchanged under Mr Zuma.

Many delegates were happy with the election results.

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