South Africa Announces New Government with Opposition Getting 12 Ministries

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled the country’s new government, which includes the opposition receiving 12 out of 32 ministries. Following tough coalition negotiations after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) lost its outright parliamentary majority, the ANC retained 20 cabinet positions, including key ministries such as foreign affairs, finance, and defense. The largest coalition partner, the Democratic Alliance (DA), will hold six portfolios, while the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and other smaller parties scored six ministries in total. Ramaphosa emphasized the government’s focus on rapid economic growth, addressing poverty and inequality, and tackling unemployment. This establishment of a Government of National Unity (GNU) is unprecedented in South Africa’s democracy since the end of apartheid. The new parliament is set to open on July 18, where Ramaphosa will outline the guidelines for the coalition government involving 11 parties.

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