The Reign of South Africa’s National Congress May End Soon

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A couple of days after several millions cast their votes in South Africa’s most scrutinized election since the first vote for democracy in 1994, the chief of ANC (African National Congress) explained that the party had had its worst rating in 22 years. Jackson Mthembu spoke to reporters, wondering where the ruling party, that was once the party of Nelson Mandela, had gone so terribly wrong. He said that he didn’t believe any other political party in South Africa ha better solutions to the country’s problems than ANC. However, he went on to say that if they did have better solutions, he didn’t understand why people were not voting for them, which he saw as a failure on their part.

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Though the ANC had won with approximately 54 percent of the entire vote, the party didn’t count it as a victory. Though the election was a local one, it highlighted its decline from favor on a national level, something that hasn’t happened since the demolition of apartheid. The low numbers in major cities were also taken as a sign that the party’s rule was coming to a close. While the ANC still maintains control over a majority of the nation’s municipalities, two big opposition parties, the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters, have made substantial progress, especially in cities. Though the next election is quickly approaching in 2019, there is a possibility that these newcomers can steal away some of ANC’s votes by good performance in their new areas.

To answer Mthembu’s question of what went wrong, the answer from millions of people is the same –plenty. Tired of unemployment, weak administration and the plethora of scandals that seen to follow Jacob Zuma, the people have given up on the idea that the party holds the same moral fiber as Mandela and simply wants to see a change for the better.

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How The National People’s Congress of China Functions For The Masses

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The National People’s Congress of China is set to host yet another yearly session for the country’s legislature. The entire pageant, which is a carefully concoction of authority, transparency and responsiveness is meant to showcase where the priorities of the government lie, if not its ability to wield its powers as something more than just a figurehead it seems to be. The meeting will take place on Saturday at Beijing and will be attended by more than 3000 delegates, including the current president, Xi Jinping, who heads the Chinese Communist party. Though there will be unrest among the attendees, the leadership will go unchallenged by the NPC.

While the power may rest with the Communist party, votes of opposition are taken into careful considerable, no matter how small the number as this will force reconsiderations or delays of the ruling party’s proposal. Among the topics in the works this year, the military budget for the forthcoming year, which includes the percentage increase of army personnel and military funded projects, five year plans and more importantly, putting an end to China’s one child policy are to be discussed. While a majority of the proceedings is scripted, there is always a chance for random journalist questions to ruffle a few feathers and cause confusion.

Delegates not of the ruling party, such as the NPC, also have the right to put forth their proposals. Though there is a smaller chance of it becoming part of the legislature, these suggestions can provide insight certain regions or industries. With China completing its current five year plan, several pieces of legislature are expected to come into effect. However, unlike western countries, there will be no boisterous uproar as the details are minutely scrutinized and approved years in advance. China’s economic statistics, including growth and debt, are also discussed. The full details of the meeting will be available in the annual report.

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