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South Africa's President Ramaphosa is reelected for second term after a dramatic late coalition deal
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South Africa's President Ramaphosa is reelected for second term after a dramatic late coalition deal

2024-06-15 15:06 Last Updated At:15:11

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected by lawmakers for a second term on Friday, after his party struck a dramatic late coalition deal with a former political foe just hours before the vote.

Ramaphosa, the leader of the African National Congress, won convincingly in Parliament against a surprise candidate who was also nominated — Julius Malema of the far-left Economic Freedom Fighters. Ramaphosa received 283 votes to Malema's 44 in the 400-member house.

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A protester carries placards in support of Palestinians in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was reelected by lawmakers for a second term on Friday, after his party struck a dramatic late coalition deal with a former political foe just hours before the vote.

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A protest in support of Palestinians takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

A protest in support of Palestinians takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen prepares to cast his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen prepares to cast his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after casting his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after casting his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A newly sworn in member of Parliament gets ready to vote for the speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A newly sworn in member of Parliament gets ready to vote for the speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Demonstrators stage a protest in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Demonstrators stage a protest in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Demonstrators stage a protest along a bridge, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Demonstrators stage a protest along a bridge, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen smiles at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen smiles at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen laughs at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen laughs at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A woman is helped by a policeman on her arrival at parliament, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president where Cyril Ramaphosa is seeking a second term as president and leader of his weakened African National Congress (ANC) party after losing its long-held majority in an election last month. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

A woman is helped by a policeman on her arrival at parliament, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president where Cyril Ramaphosa is seeking a second term as president and leader of his weakened African National Congress (ANC) party after losing its long-held majority in an election last month. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema smiles after being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema smiles after being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, turns, prior to being sworn as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, turns, prior to being sworn as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, smiles after being sworn in as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, smiles after being sworn in as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa listens as members of Parliament are being sworn in ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa listens as members of Parliament are being sworn in ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. At right is Pemmy Majodina, an ANC lawmaker. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. At right is Pemmy Majodina, an ANC lawmaker. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, center, sings the national anthem before being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, center, sings the national anthem before being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

FILE - South African president Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of his African National Congress party during the ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

FILE - South African president Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of his African National Congress party during the ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

FILE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, front center, arrives at the Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 1, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

FILE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, front center, arrives at the Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 1, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

FILE - The leader of Inkatha Freedom Party, Velenkosi Hlabisa, waves to the crowd during an election rally in Richards Bay, near Durban, South Africa, Sunday, May 26, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

FILE - The leader of Inkatha Freedom Party, Velenkosi Hlabisa, waves to the crowd during an election rally in Richards Bay, near Durban, South Africa, Sunday, May 26, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

FILE - South African Democratic Alliance opposition leader John Steenhuisen, center, arrives at the formal announcement of the results in South Africa's general elections at the National Results Operations Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, June 2, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

FILE - South African Democratic Alliance opposition leader John Steenhuisen, center, arrives at the formal announcement of the results in South Africa's general elections at the National Results Operations Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, June 2, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at a Cape Town hotel to meets with Senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at a Cape Town hotel to meets with Senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

The 71-year-old Ramaphosa secured his second term with the help of lawmakers from the country's second biggest party, the Democratic Alliance, and some smaller parties. They backed him in the vote and got him over the finish line following the ANC's loss of its long-held majority in a landmark election two weeks ago that reduced it to 159 seats in Parliament.

During a break in what turned out to be a marathon parliamentary session, the ANC signed the last-minute agreement with the DA, effectively ensuring Ramaphosa stays on as the leader of Africa’s most industrialized economy. The parties will now co-govern South Africa in its first national coalition where no party has a majority in Parliament.

The deal, referred to as a government of national unity, brings the ANC together with the DA, a white-led party that had for years been the main opposition and the fiercest critic of the ANC. At least two other smaller parties also joined the agreement.

Ramaphose called the deal — which sent South Africa into uncharted waters — a “new birth, a new era for our country” and said it was time for parties “to overcome their differences and to work together.”

“This is what we shall do and this is what I am committed to achieve as the president,” he said.

The ANC — the famed party of Nelson Mandela — had ruled South Africa with a comfortable majority since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule in 1994.

But it lost its 30-year majority in the humbling national election on May 29, a turning point for the country. The vote was held against the backdrop of widespread discontent from South Africans over high levels of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

Analysts warn there might be complications ahead, though, given the starkly different ideologies of the ANC, a former liberation movement, and the centrist, business-friendly DA, which won 21% of the vote in the national election, the second largest share behind the ANC's 40%.

For one, the DA disagreed with the ANC government's move to accuse Israel of genocide in Gaza in a highly sensitive case at the United Nations’ top court.

The DA leader John Steenhuisen was the first to confirm the agreement.

“From today, the DA will co-govern the Republic of South Africa in a spirit of unity and collaboration,” he said as he stepped away from Friday's proceedings for a speech carried live on television in which he said a deal was signed and that the DA lawmakers would vote for Ramaphosa for president.

The Parliament session started at 10 a.m. in the unusual setting of a conference center near Cape Town’s waterfront, after the city’s historic National Assembly building was gutted in a fire in 2022. The house first went through the hourslong swearing-in of hundreds of new lawmakers and electing a speaker and a deputy speaker.

The vote for president started late at night, with the results announced well after 10 p.m. Ramaphosa finished his acceptance speech as the clock ticked past midnight and into Saturday.

Former President Jacob Zuma's MK Party boycotted the session but that did not affect the voting as only a third of the house is needed for a quorum.

ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula said the party was open to talking with anyone else who wanted to join the unity government. There are 18 political parties represented in Parliament and he said the multi-party agreement would “prioritize the country across the political and ideological divide.”

Some parties, including Malema's EFF, refused to join.

The two other parties that joined the coalition deal were the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Patriotic Alliance, which has drawn attention partly because its leader, Gayton McKenzie, served a prison sentence for bank robbery.

McKenzie said he had been given a second chance in life and that South Africa also had one now, a chance to solve its deep socioeconomic problems.

The ANC had faced a deadline to strike a coalition agreement as Parliament had to vote for the president within 14 days after election results were declared on June 2. The ANC had been trying to strike a coalition agreement for two weeks and the final negotiations went on overnight Thursday to Friday, party officials said.

South Africa has not faced that level of political uncertainty since the ANC swept to power in the 1994 first all-race election that ended nearly a half-century of racial segregation. Since then, every South African leader has come from the ANC, starting with Mandela.

The new unity government also harked back to the way Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president, invited political opponents to be part of a unity government in 1994 in an act of reconciliation when the ANC had a majority. Ramaphosa had played a key role in those negotiations as a young politician.

This time, the ANC’s hand was forced.

“The ANC has been very magnanimous in that they have accepted defeat and have said, ‘let’s talk,'" PA leader McKenzie said.

Magome reported from Johannesburg.

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A protester carries placards in support of Palestinians in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

A protester carries placards in support of Palestinians in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

African National Congress lawmakers and South African président Cyril Ramaphosa react after his being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A protest in support of Palestinians takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

A protest in support of Palestinians takes place in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024 as Parliament sits for the first time since general elections last month. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after being reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen prepares to cast his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen prepares to cast his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after casting his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa reacts after casting his vote for speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Ramaphosa was expected to be reelected for a second term Friday after his African National Congress party signed a last-minute coalition agreement with its long-time political rival during the first sitting of the new Parliament. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A newly sworn in member of Parliament gets ready to vote for the speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A newly sworn in member of Parliament gets ready to vote for the speaker of the National Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Demonstrators stage a protest in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Demonstrators stage a protest in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Demonstrators stage a protest along a bridge, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Demonstrators stage a protest along a bridge, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president with the outcome not a mere formality as unprecedented coalition talks between parties continued until right before a new Parliament convened on Friday. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break, during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Lawmakers and guests break during the first sitting of the National Assembly following the swearing in of lawmakers as members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024, ahead of a vote to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen smiles at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen smiles at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. Lawmakers are due to elect a president later on Friday and the ANC and DA together have a majority of lawmakers that would see Cyril Ramaphosa return for a second term. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen laughs at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen laughs at the end of the swearing in ceremony for members of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

A woman is helped by a policeman on her arrival at parliament, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president where Cyril Ramaphosa is seeking a second term as president and leader of his weakened African National Congress (ANC) party after losing its long-held majority in an election last month. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

A woman is helped by a policeman on her arrival at parliament, in Cape Town South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president where Cyril Ramaphosa is seeking a second term as president and leader of his weakened African National Congress (ANC) party after losing its long-held majority in an election last month. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema smiles after being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema smiles after being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African président Cyril Ramaphosa is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, turns, prior to being sworn as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, turns, prior to being sworn as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, smiles after being sworn in as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters President Julius Malema, centre, smiles after being sworn in as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. For the first time in 30 years, South African lawmakers will elect a president on Friday with the outcome not a mere formality. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa listens as members of Parliament are being sworn in ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa listens as members of Parliament are being sworn in ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is re-elected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. At right is Pemmy Majodina, an ANC lawmaker. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. At right is Pemmy Majodina, an ANC lawmaker. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, center, sings the national anthem before being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, center, sings the national anthem before being sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hand as he is sworn is as a member of Parliament ahead of an expected vote by lawmakers to decide if he is reelected as leader of the country in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

FILE - South African president Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of his African National Congress party during the ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

FILE - South African president Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of his African National Congress party during the ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 6, 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

FILE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, front center, arrives at the Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 1, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

FILE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, front center, arrives at the Results Operation Centre (ROC) in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, June 1, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)

FILE - The leader of Inkatha Freedom Party, Velenkosi Hlabisa, waves to the crowd during an election rally in Richards Bay, near Durban, South Africa, Sunday, May 26, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

FILE - The leader of Inkatha Freedom Party, Velenkosi Hlabisa, waves to the crowd during an election rally in Richards Bay, near Durban, South Africa, Sunday, May 26, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

FILE - South African Democratic Alliance opposition leader John Steenhuisen, center, arrives at the formal announcement of the results in South Africa's general elections at the National Results Operations Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, June 2, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

FILE - South African Democratic Alliance opposition leader John Steenhuisen, center, arrives at the formal announcement of the results in South Africa's general elections at the National Results Operations Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, June 2, 2024. South African lawmakers are expected to elect the country's president on Friday, June 14 after being sworn in at the first sitting of Parliament that will also reveal the kind of unity government the ruling African National Congress has managed to cobble together after losing its majority for the first time since 1994. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at a Cape Town hotel to meets with Senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at a Cape Town hotel to meets with Senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South African président Cyril Ramaphosa meets with senior officials of the ANC during an ANC's National Executive Committee Thursday, June 13, 2024, at a Cape Town hotel. South Africa's Parliament is due to elect a president Friday while major political parties are still working out a coalition agreement that might or might not see Ramaphosa return for a second term as leader of Africa's most industrialized economy. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow is expected to come off the injured list and start against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.

Glasnow, a first-time All-Star who went to Texas to participate in the festivities earlier this week, went on the 15-day IL on July 9 with back tightness.

The 30-year-old right-hander threw about 57 pitches in a three-inning simulated game at Dodger Stadium on Friday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts seemed pleased with the workout.

“Really good. His stuff was great. He said he felt good. Back was good,” Roberts said.

Glasnow described his back injury as “tall-guy back, you just get a little twinge. With the break coming up, they thought it was a good idea to take a little time.” He is expected to throw one more bullpen before his start next week.

Glasnow is 8-5 with a 3.47 ERA for the NL West-leading Dodgers.

One potential concern for the Dodgers is that Glasnow has worked 109 innings so far this season, closing in on his career high for innings worked at 120 last season with Tampa Bay.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, who has yet to pitch for the Dodgers this season, had his second rehab start on Friday. He allowed six hits and three runs, all earned, with two strikeouts and no walks for Triple-A Oklahoma City. He threw 49 strikes out his 67 pitches against Round Rock in Texas.

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Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws simulated game, expected to start versus Giants next week

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 5, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, July 5, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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