South Africa's main opposition party may get first black leader

April 18, 2015 12:21 PM

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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The charismatic black parliamentary leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) on Saturday announced he would campaign for the leadership of the historically white opposition party.

Born in the black township of Soweto, outside Africa's economic hub Johannesburg, Mmusi Maimane, 34, is seen as a front runner in the race and his election could help the party expand its support base beyond South Africa's white minority.

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