Hope for ANC, IFP accord soon

2004-04-23 16:14
Cape Town - Talks between the African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party on an "ANC-led broad-based government" looked set to resume later on Friday.

IFP national spokesperson Musa Zondi said the two parties had interrupted their discussions to attend the swearing-in of MPLs in Pietermaritzburg.

"They will continue later. I cannot say whether it will be this afternoon or this evening."

He was not sure whether a decision would be reached on Friday.

"A decision may be made next week even... there will be a decision when they reach a decision," said Zondi, who was in Cape Town for the swearing-in of MPs at Parliament.

The ANC had earlier said it expected the settlement to be reached before the start of the swearing-in of MPLs in Pietermaritzburg.

Details of the offer had not been made public.

The IFP won 30 provincial legislature seats in KwaZulu-Natal to the ANC's 38. The IFP's alliance partner, the Democratic Alliance, had seven seats.

ANC provincial chairperson Sibusiso Ndebele was elected as premier of the province.

The IFP indicated that it would not end its "Coalition for Change" with the Democratic Alliance even if invited to govern the province with the ANC.

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