Jacob Zuma’s election president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) over Thabo Mbeki puts him in the position to become South Africa’s next president. Zuma defeated President Thabo Mbeki after an acrimonious conference, during which Mbeki was heckled. As the celebrations got under way, both sides spoke of trying to heal the deep rifts in the party. Zuma is now in a strong position to become the country’s next president when Mbeki’s term ends in 2009. (BBC)

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