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DA federal council chairman James Selfe is set to be re-elected unopposed at the party’s national congress. This comes after the party’s chief whip in Parliament, John Steenhuisen, was asked to contest the federal council chairman post in a simmering battle over the DA’s political strategy. However, Steenhuisen has said he would only do so if Selfe did not stand for re-election. DA chief electoral commissioner Anchen Dreyer announced the nominations for the national congress set for April. DA leader Mmusi Maimane is set to be re-elected unopposed and is poised to lead the party into the 2019 election. The key contest is likely to be for the position of chairman, a post occupied by Nelson Mandela Bay metro mayor Athol Trollip. Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga is taking on Trollip for the post. MP Annelie Lotriet will also contest the position. The DA is pushing for a "diversity" clause to be added to its constitution. This may help it to improve black representation on party benches in l...

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