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Delegates gather to set new course for South Africa ruling party

JOHANNESBURG — The fight to replace scandal-prone South African President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging “failures” that have threatened the party’s future. The reputation of Nelson Mandela’s liberation movement has been battered during the tenure of Zuma, whose second term as party president is expiring. The new ANC leader is likely to become South Africa’s next president in 2019 elections. The two clear front-runners are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former chair of the African Union Commission and Zuma’s ex-wife.

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