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South Africa: Democratic Alliance Elects New Federal Council Leader

1 MIN READOct 21, 2019 | 17:44 GMT

What Happened: South Africa's center-right Democratic Alliance has elected Helen Zille, the former party chief, as the new head of the party's federal council, Bloomberg reported Oct. 20.

Why It Matters: The Democratic Alliance failed to make inroads in the 2018 general election despite tensions within the ruling African National Congress. The party has since been looking to shift its strategy and the reemergence of Zille, a controversial political figure, has already created waves in South Africa's political landscape by prompting the Democratic Alliance mayor of Johannesburg to resign.

Background: The ANC's internal disputes, as well as corruption and mismanagement, provide an opening for South Africa's political opposition to gain additional influence and steer the country's direction.

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