Tutu says he'd welcome new South African opposition party
Archbishop Desmond Tutu would welcome the creation of a viable opposition in South Africa, after ruling party infighting forced former president Thabo Mbeki to resign, in remarks published Sunday.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who turns 77 Tuesday, told the Sunday Times newspaper he was dismayed by the turmoil in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party that brought Nelson Mandela to power after the end of apartheid.
"I would think you really need to have a viable opposition ... one that gives the impression that it could become an alternative government," he said.
"We don't have anything like that just now and that's probably not such a good thing," he added.
"Democracy flourishes where there is vigorous debate and people are actually careful of what they do, knowing that the electorate can take their revenge, that they can be kicked out of office at the next election."
The ANC holds nearly 70 percent of the seats in parliament, dominating South African politics.