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Zuma win shows his dominance in party

JOHANNESBURG — Under the bright lights, the corruption allegations and the ethical concerns trailing South African President Jacob Zuma faded away, and the master politician basked in his re-election as head of the governing African National Congress (ANC) party, singing on stage, smiling and waving to cheering delegates.

However, the question remains whether he can translate his party victory into reassuring the anxious in South Africa, those worried about the nation’s flagging economy, violent crime and the continued poverty striking those his party once aimed to liberate.

ANC members voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to keep Mr. Zuma as head of the top political party in South Africa, more than likely guaranteeing the 70-year-old leader another five-year term as the nation’s president in the 2014 general election.

Opposition parties don’t receive the same support as the ANC, the party of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela that many in this nation of 50 million people vote for out of that history.

Mr. Zuma trounced Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, his only challenger, who ran a largely muted and reluctant campaign. Mr. Zuma received 2,983 votes to Mr. Motlanthe’s 991.

ISRAEL

Netanyahu vows more East Jerusalem building

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Tuesday rejected international criticism of plans to build thousands more Jewish homes in East Jerusalem, insisting that construction will move forward.

Benjamin Netanyahu issued the tough response as European diplomats were discussing plans to condemn Israel in the U.N. Security Council.

A U.N. resolution would be the latest in a wave of angry international reactions to Israeli plans to build in areas that the Palestinians claim for a future state.

The fate of the eastern sector of Jerusalem, with its holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, is an emotional issue and lies at the heart of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Jerusalem’s Old City is home to one of the world’s most sensitive religious places, holy to Jews and Muslims.

About 250,000 Palestinians and 200,000 Jews live in East Jerusalem.

Mr. Netanyahu announced plans to build thousands of homes in East Jerusalem’s Ramat Shlomo section and the West Bank in response to a U.N. decision last month to upgrade the Palestinians’ status, endorsing an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, territories Israel captured in the 1967 war.

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