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Mbeki Will Not Campaign for ANC in South African Election

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki said in a letter published Friday he will not campaign for the ruling ANC party in next year's election.

Mbeki sent the letter to ANC leader Jacob Zuma earlier this month, but The Star newspaper published a leaked copy Friday, ahead of a convention aimed at organizing a breakaway party.

In the letter, Mr. Mbeki says that neither the ANC nor the breakaway group had sought his support for their campaigns.

Mr. Mbeki was forced out of office last month. He said in the letter that he could not understand how the ANC could expect him to promote the political fortunes of the very same movement that was recently disenchanted with him.

Zuma seized control of the ANC from Mbeki during the party's conference last December.

Zuma's allies in the leadership last month forced Mbeki to resign as president just months before the end of his second term.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.