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Zuma’s ex-wife named MP ahead of key ANC leadership vote

An ex -wife of South African President Jacob Zuma was re-appointed a lawmaker in parliament on Thursday, in what is being seen as her latest step to secure the country ’ s presidency in two years’ time.

The National Assembly confirmed in a statement that Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former African Union chief, was sworn in as a member of parliament for the governing African National Congress .

She posted on Twitter that “ 5 years ago I left parliament with mixed feelings today I return as directed by (the ANC) as a servant of the SA ( South African) people . ”

“ I return determined to contribute to implementing decisions of ( the ANC ) particularly as it relates to radically improving our people ’ s lives , ” she wrote .

Dlamini-Zuma , 68 , is considered a leading candidate to replace Zuma as head of the ANC at a party conference in December, although she has not publically declared her candidacy in the leadership battle.

But she has been endorsed by the ANC’ s women and youth leagues , and enjoys support from the powerful KwaZulu -Natal province , which is also Zuma’ s stronghold.

Since she left the AU early this year, she has been campaigning across the country , and nominations for the party leadership posts are expected to be announced this month .

Dlamini-Zuma replaced Pule Mabe who resigned from parliament earlier this month , meaning that the ANC had to top up its allocation of MPs .

Opposition leaders and analysts say they believe her deployment to parliament is aimed at strategically positioning her to take over the ANC leadership .

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