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PARLIAMENT - ANC member of Parliament (MP) Thandi Modise was on Wednesday afternoon formally elected as Speaker of the National Assembly.
Modise went up against DA MP Thembekile Richard Majola, a former Speaker of the Western Cape Legislature.
Modise, former National Council of Provinces chairperson, emerged victorious after the ANC used its majority to secure her as the national legislature's boss for the next five or so years.
The outcome of the secret ballot was 250 votes in favour of Modise, meaning the ANC had help in voting her into power.