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Thandi Modise will be the National Assembly speaker when presiding officers are elected at the first sitting of parliament later this week. Modise will be taking over from Baleka Mbete, who held the position in the last administration. It is not clear what is next for Mbete or whether she will get a position on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new reconfigured cabinet.  Lechesa Tsenoli will remain the deputy speaker. The ANC on Monday made the announcement following a special national executive committee (NEC) meeting held in Cape Town.  The meeting discussed who the party would be deploying to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. New MPs will be sworn in on Wednesday and new presiding officers for the sixth administration elected.  The president of the country will also be elected at the National Assembly sitting. Former environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane will take up the position of chair of chairs, a clear sign that she will not be returning to Pr...

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