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African National Congress draws 62 percent of vote in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As the final ballots of South Africa's fifth post-apartheid election were tallied Friday, the results handed the governing African National Congress a victory with 62 percent of the vote — nearly the same share it won in 1994, the year it assumed power under Nelson Mandela in the nation's first truly democratic election.

But the nearly identical results mask glaring differences between the two periods, during which the party has been transformed from a liberation movement that inspired South Africans to a political party buffeted by corruption, popular disillusionment and widespread complaints that it has strayed from the masses it says it represents.

The results guarantee a second term for President Jacob Zuma, whose popularity has been eroded by corruption allegations.

South Africa's Electoral Commission is expected to announce final results today.

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