Monday, April 20, 2009

South Africa Holding Elections

South African post-apartheid generation votes for the first time

Guardian UK — The South African national election on Wednesday will be the country's fourth democratic vote, and the first to involve the "post-apartheid generation", as the youngest South Africans eligible to vote were born after the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990, after 27 years in prison.
More than 23 million people, including 16,000 of the South African diaspora in Britain and elsewhere, have registered to vote in what is being billed as the biggest election in the country's history. Campaigning has taken place in traditional rallies but also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Mandela Gives ANC's Zuma A Powerful Stamp of Approval

Washington Post — Pollsters and analysts predict a clean sweep for the ruling African National Congress when this nation goes to the polls on Wednesday. But just in case, the party pulled out an electoral trump card at a massive rally Sunday: Nelson Mandela.
Mandela, white-haired and feeble at 90, rolled onto the field of a rugby stadium here in a golf cart alongside ANC leader and presidential front-runner Jacob Zuma. They were greeted by the ground-shaking roars of an exuberant crowd of about 100,000.
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South Africa 'doomed under Zuma'

BBC — South African opposition leader Helen Zille has urged voters to stop the African National Congress from turning the country into a "failed state".
Speaking at the final Democratic Alliance (DA) rally before elections on Wednesday, Ms Zille accused the ruling ANC of cronyism.
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