The party primaries went against President Mbeki and the hunt
for a compromise candidate is speeding up
Jacob Zuma has built up such a lead in the race for the African National Congress presidency that his opponents are stepping up efforts to find a new candidate to challenge him. If they fail, the ANC will be left critically divided. When nominations closed, the sacked national Vice-President, Zuma, who is also Deputy President of the governing party, had the backing of 2,236 branches, while the outgoing ANC President, Thabo Mbeki, was backed by only 1,394.
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