Wilmot James to run against Maimane for DA leadership

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Democratic Alliance (DA) federal chairperson Wilmot James attends a media briefing by leader Helen Zille, who announced her resignation from the 2015 leadership race on Sunday, 12 April 2015.

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Professor Wilmot James has announced that he will stand as the party&39;s federal leader.

In a statement James said: “I can confirm that I have decided to stand for the position of Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance.”

“I have received overwhelming support from colleagues and friends across the party and have been encouraged to make myself available,” he added.

Wilmot will be running against Mmusi Maimane who announced earlier in the month that he will be running for the position.

James&39;s announcement comes two weeks after Helen Zille, who had been party leader from 2007 stepped down, and four days after what was initially reported as the closing date for candidates to be nominated.

James said he will be spending the next two weeks sharing his vision for the future of the party and the country.

The DA’s Federal Congress will sit at Nelson Mandela Bay from May  9 - 10 to vote in the party’s new leader.

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