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Originally published Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 2:23 AM

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South Africa's ANC starts leadership convention

South Africa's governing African National Congress political party has begun a conference to pick who will lead it into the nation's next election.

The Associated Press

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BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa —

South Africa's governing African National Congress political party has begun a conference to pick who will lead it into the nation's next election.

Some 4,000 delegates gathered Sunday at its Mangaung conference, being held in the city also known as Bloemfontein, to choose whether President Jacob Zuma or his quiet, unionist deputy Kgalema Motlanthe should helm the party. Zuma came into the event wearing a leather jacket with the green, yellow and black colors of the ANC. He waved with both of his hands, then spoke to Motlanthe as he took a spot on stage.

Zuma is scheduled to give an address later Sunday.

Whoever the party picks will likely be the next president of this nation of 50 million people, as opposition parties don't have the same support.

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