South Africa's Ruling Party Suffers Biggest Election Setback

August 6, 2016 7:43 AM

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JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's ruling party has suffered its biggest election setback since taking power at the end of apartheid a generation ago, with local media reporting that the African National Congress has lost in the metropolitan area that includes the country's capital, Pretoria.

The opposition Democratic Alliance party, which has roots in the anti-apartheid movement and had a white party leader until last year, edged out the former liberation movement ANC in Tshwane, 43 percent to 41 percent, raising the likelihood of a coalition government.

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