South African opposition leader Zille to stand down

April 12, 2015 3:33 PM

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South African opposition leader Zille to stand down

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The leader of South Africa's main opposition party said on Sunday she was standing down, possibly opening the way for a black candidate to broaden the Democratic Alliance's electoral appeal.

Helen Zille, 62, the daughter of German immigrants, has spent the last eight years heading the liberal democratic DA which won over 22 percent of the vote in elections last May, its best ever result, as the ruling African National Congress's (ANC) share slipped to 62 percent from over 65 percent.

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