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ANC’s Thoko Didiza elected speaker of SA’s national assembly

THOKO Didiza, a member of the African National Congress (ANC), has been elected as the new speaker of South Africa’s national assembly. The former agriculture minister secured 284 votes from the 400 newly-elected members of parliament in the vote held on Friday.

‘I will work with all the parties to ensure that we conduct the business of this parliament in a manner that indeed reflects the will of the people of South Africa. Thank you very much for this honour,’ Didiza stated after her election.


Didiza’s role includes presiding over the nomination and election of a new president.

The ANC has also formed a coalition agreement with the opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), to establish a government of national unity.

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