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South Africa's Election Will Be a Referendum on Pro-Business Policies

May 1, 2019 | 00:00 GMT
People in Johannesburg walk past an election poster promoting the African National Congress on April 28, 2019.

People in Johannesburg walk past an election poster promoting the African National Congress on April 28, 2019. The May 8 general election will serve as a referendum on Ramaphosa's rule and, by extension, his pro-business and anti-corruption tilt.

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As South Africa prepares for its May 8 general election, the question of South Africa's future political and economic directions weighs heavily. The African National Congress (ANC) has been the country's dominant political party for the past two and a half decades, and it's almost guaranteed to remain in power. But the election could reveal that South Africans' faith in the party -- and their current President Cyril Ramaphosa -- is declining. ...

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