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South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is on the brink of becoming the new leader of the governing African National Congress, early poll results show.

The ruling ANC party branches are choosing between him and his rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is a prominent politician and the ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma. Mr. Zuma is stepping down this month.

The winner of the party race will be well placed to become the country’s new president in 2019.

But the BBC’s Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says the final vote is likely to be close.

The ANC party branches will account for 90% of the 5,240 voting delegates at the ANC’s party conference which starts on 16 December, South Africa’s News24 reports.

However, some branches get more than one vote as the bigger the branch, the more delegates it can send to the conference, BBC said.

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