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Cyril Ramaphosa Elected As South Africa’s New President

Following the resignation from office by immediate past South Africa;s President, Jacob Zuma, after being alleged of gross misconduct and corruption charges, lawmakers have on Thursday,selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president.

Ramaphosa, the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), party since December, was the only candidate nominated during a session of parliament.

“I truly feel humbled to have been given this great privilege of being able to serve our people,” Ramaphosa said in an address to members of parliament moments after he was confirmed as President.
He pledged to act as a “servant of our people” and said he intended to lead with “humility, faithfulness and dignity.”
“I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa added.
Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned against him after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity.

In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, Zuma said 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.

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