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Thorn in ANC crown

Johannesburg, April 16 (Reuters): The African National Congress (ANC) celebrated a huge victory today in South Africa’s elections, but failed to win outright control of KwaZulu-Natal province, one of the poll’s biggest prizes.

Nationally the former liberation movement was assured a coveted two-thirds majority in parliament, taking 69 per cent of Wednesday’s vote with almost all ballots counted — its biggest win since the fall of apartheid 10 years ago.

The resounding vote endorsed President Thabo Mbeki’s pledge to extend economic power to the Black majority in Africa’s richest country, which 10 years after the end of White rule remains plagued by poverty, unemployment, AIDS and crime. “We must celebrate our victory with all due humility. We must not allow the decisive mandate we have received from the people to encourage an attitude of arrogance,” Mbeki said.

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