Monday, May 23, 2011

DA, COPE consider coalition in W Cape...

The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Congress of the People (COPE) say they are considering possible coalitions in some of the municipalities where they did not get an outright majority in the Western Cape.

The DA won 15 municipalities with an outright majority, including the hotly contested Cape Metro, Stellenbosch and Drakenstein in the Boland. The African National Congress only won with an outright majority in one municipality. COPE says it will make an announcement of its plans later today.

Meanwhile, DA Provincial leader Theuns Botha says they have already started with negotiations with other parties. He confirmed that they have already done two of those coalitions and that the big one still outstanding is COPE.
"We have had initial talks, we have a federal executive meeting today where we will take it further and most probably conclude it during the rest of the week," Botha said.  

This comes as the national council of the National Freedom Party has formed a seven-man committee which will negotiate coalition agreements with other political parties. The party reiterated that it is ready to form a coalition with any other political party in KwaZulu-Natal

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