Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South African leader - UPDATED

  15 February 2018    Read: 2503
Cyril Ramaphosa elected new South African leader - UPDATED
Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, the Washington Post.

Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated for election in the parliament on Thursday after opposition parties said they would not participate. The opposition instead unsuccessfully called for the dissolution of the National Assembly and early elections.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the parliamentary election and congratulated Ramaphosa, who had been Zuma’s deputy and has called for a fight against corruption.

Zuma resigned after years of scandals that damaged the stature of the ruling African National Congress party.



South Africa's parliament will elect Cyril Ramaphosa as new president a2 pmpm local time (12pm UK) on Thursday and have him take the oath of office, the ruling African National Congress chief whip said, the Telegraph reported.

"The office of the chief justice has made itself available today to officiate in the business of electing a new president," the ANC chief whip, Jackson Mthembu, told a parliamentary committee meeting.

At the same meeting, the speaker of parliament said a letter of resignation from President Jacob Zuma, who stepped down late on Wednesday rather than face a no-confidence vote from his own party, was "still on its way". 

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