The African National Congress in South Africa is close to forming a unity government

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said it had made progress in efforts to form a national unity government after losing its absolute majority in the recent elections.

But the party’s Secretary-General, Fikile Mbalula, said the party was not yet ready to announce the details of the agreement.

The ANC lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 30 years in the May 29 elections, receiving 40% of the votes.

This means that for President Cyril Ramaphosa to remain in power, it requires the support of other parties.

The new parliament meets for the first time on Friday, where it is expected to vote on choosing a president for the country. Ramaphosa is expected to retain his seat.

“We are talking to the political parties as we are talking now,” Mbalula told reporters after a meeting of senior party officials, adding that he could not provide further details.

He said it would be a move to the political centre, because splinter ANC parties on the left said they would not join.

He said the parties, including the pro-business Democratic Alliance, had agreed to form a national unity government.

Mbalula added that the ANC and the Democratic Alliance had not agreed on exactly how they would cooperate.

“If the Democratic Alliance gets some of these things it wants, it means the ANC will die,” he added.

The DA came second in the election with 22% of the vote.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had previously accused the Democratic Alliance – which draws its support mainly from ethnic minorities – of being “traitorous” and “reactionary”.

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Any deal with the DA would be unpopular among many ANC activists.

The party is an advocate of free market economics, which runs counter to the leftist traditions of the ANC, and has a reputation for representing white minority interests.

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