South Africa’s calming civility

With nearly half the world holding elections this year, many countries will see significant shifts in power. In South Africa, a parliamentary election has resulted in a comeuppance for the longtime ruling party. Yet it has also sparked a coming together that’s a lesson for diverse societies.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new government composed of 11 political parties. In May, voters deprived the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of a majority for the first time in 30 years. The new coalition, coming after weeks of negotiations, demonstrates a new phase of constitution-based decision-making.

Mr. Ramaphosa sought accord among groups that have deep historical and ideological differences.

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