Provisional results show South Africa’s ANC wins parliamentary election

A man walks past election billboards of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in Soweto township near Johannesburg, South Africa, May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

PRETORIA (Reuters) – The African National Congress retained control of South Africa’s parliament but its share of the vote fell, a rebuke from voters fed up with corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a generation after the party took power.

Provisional results on Saturday showed the ruling party took 57.51% of the votes in Wednesday’s general election.

The provisional results also showed the ANC won a tight provincial race in Gauteng, where South Africa’s biggest city and commercial centre Johannesburg and the administrative capital Pretoria are located, with 50.19% of the vote.

Reporting by Emma Rumney, Onke Ngcuka and Naledi Mashishi in Pretoria and Tanisha Heiberg in Johannesburg; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Catherine Evans

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