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UDM likely coalition partner for DA in Nelson Mandela Bay metro

Mayor-elect Athol Trollip is eager to finalise a partnership after the election results were announced.

The DA's mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollop, addresses residents in the Port Elizabeth suburb of Bethelsdorp on 23 June 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay needs four seats in council to form a coalition to govern.

It's one of four hung metros in the country.

Municipal managers have 14 days to schedule the first council meetings in which speakers and mayors will be sworn in.

The DA edged out the African National Congress in last week's local government elections to become the largest party in the metro with 57 seats.

The United Democratic Movement, with its two seats in council, looks to be a likely coalition partner for the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay

Mayor-elect Athol Trollip indicated his eagerness to finalise a partnership after the election results were announced last week.

"I've identified who I want stop speak to, it would be premature to tell you who the other people are until I've had personal discussions with them."

Trollip has assured municipal staff there won't be any purges under a DA-led administration.

It's unclear whether his political rival, Danny Jordaan, will lead the ANC opposition in council.

He was deployed by the ANC to stabilize the ailing municipality last year.

The ANC might be asking itself this morning whether the intervention was a little too late.