South Africa’s opposition parties merge

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Two of South Africa’s opposition parties, the DA and the new Agang party, on Tuesday in Johannesburg, joined forces and formed the Democratic Alliance.

A report said a prominent anti-apartheid activist, Mamphela Ramphele, was presented as the presidential candidate of the Democratic Alliance, preparatory to the April general elections in that country.

The report added that the two parties agreed to present a strong challenge to the African National Congress (ANC), which led the struggle against white-minority rule and governed the country since apartheid was abolished 20 years ago.

It said that the DA, before the merger, was South Africa’s biggest opposition party and took 16 per cent of the vote in 2009 elections.

Some of its members believed the decision to merge was in the best interest of South Africa as it head into turbulent waters, following the death of former president Nelson Mandela. (dpa/NAN)

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