Breaking: Ramaphosa Eleceted As New South Africa President
South African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party.
This is following the resignation of Jacob Zuma from office of Wednesday.
The announcement brought loud cheers from ANC lawmakers, with Ramaphosa due to address the parliament later during proceedings.
According to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, Ramaphosa was elected without a vote after being the only candidate nominated in the parliament in Cape Town.
Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned their back against him after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity.
Zuma ruled against the ANC for “recalling” him from office and decided not to resign, however, the ANC then threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote.
In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, Zuma disclosed thst he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.
Zuma had been in a power struggle with Ramaphosa, his deputy president.
Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when his chosen successor his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to become the new party leader.