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Main S.Africa opposition party elects black woman

October 27, 2011

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JOHANNESBURG—South Africa's main opposition party has for the first time elected a black woman to lead it in parliament.

Thursday's election in Cape Town among the 83 Democratic Alliance members of parliament puts 31-year-old Lindiwe Mazibuko in the spotlight. She has been a party spokeswoman and in the parliamentary leadership race had the support of the party's president, Hellen Zille.

The Democratic Alliance has been trying to shake its image as a bastion of white liberals.

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