S. Africa's Mbeki Center of Unprecedented Contest A real political thriller is unfolding in advance of a December conference where South Africa's ruling African National Congress is expected to choose its next party leader. Thabo Mbeki wants to remain in control of the ANC, even after his term as South Africa's president expires.
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S. Africa's Mbeki Center of Unprecedented Contest

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S. Africa's Mbeki Center of Unprecedented Contest

S. Africa's Mbeki Center of Unprecedented Contest

S. Africa's Mbeki Center of Unprecedented Contest

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A real political thriller is unfolding in advance of a December conference where South Africa's ruling African National Congress is expected to choose its next party leader.

As the ANC commands such an overwhelming majority in Parliament, it is very likely that a new party president will be the next president of South Africa. But the current president, Thabo Mbeki, wants to remain in control of the ANC, even after his term as South Africa's president expires.

The question is, does anyone else want him to?