File - The newly elected African National Congress (ANC) President, Cyril Ramaphosa, addresses delegates during the closing of the ANC's elective conference in Johannesburg, Wednesday Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Cyril Ramaphosa may have won the race to be leader of the African National Congress, but he failed to decisively wrest control of South Africa's ruling party from President Jacob Zuma. Zuma's faction retains major influence in the ANC's incoming National Executive Committee and was felt in conference debates on divisive policies such as land expropriation and nationalization.The ANC's new NEC, announced in the early hours of Thursday, is split roughly 50-50 between the Ramaphosa and Zuma factions.Were Ramaphosa to try to force Zuma from office, he would need to secure the support of the NEC, which includes his main rival in the ANC race, former Cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's ex-wife and preferred successor.The two most controversial policy resolutions adopted at the ANC conference Wednesday called for land expropriation without compensation and nationalization of the central bank.
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