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Zuma re-elected President of ANC

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Johannesburg: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress on December 18 re-elected President Jacob Zuma as the party chief with a thumping majority, effectively paving the way for him to retain the presidency until 2017 if the ANC wins general elections in 2013.

Seventy-year-old Zuma received the support of over 75 percent of the total voting delegates at the ANC National Conference held in Bloemfontein.

Motlanthe had decided to oppose Zuma for the Presidency, but got only 991 votes against Zuma’s 2,984 from the voting delegates from across the country that have converged on Bloemfontein for the Conference hosted every five years. In Bloemfontein, the ANC also ended its centenary celebrations.