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Cyril Ramaphosa, elected new president of South Africa

The exunionist takes over from Jacob Zuma at the head of the African country

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Cyril Ramaphosa, elected new president of South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa has been chosen this Thursday as new President of South Africa to replace Jacob Zuma. President of African National Congress (ANC) — ruling party — and only nominee to access position, has been invested in a session in Parliament that began at 14.00 local time (13.00 Peninsular Spanish time) in Cape Town.

Ramaphosa, who took over ANC's leadership in December, sought departure of Zuma, punctuated by several cases of corruption, in order to avoid an electoral catastrophe in 2019 general election. The future president, a trade unionist who has become a millionaire, has promised to revive country's economy, which has been stagnant for a long time, and to eradicate corruption that plagues its party and state's cupola.

The change in country's presidency comes after President Jacob Zuma gave in to pressures and announced his resignation, weakened by a scandal of diversion of public funds. Despite not agreeing with decision of his party, African National Congress — which on Tuesday invited him to leave presidential chair — Zuma resigned definitively this Wednesday at midnight. "I have come to decision to resign as President of Republic with immediate effects," he said in a speech broadcast live on television.

After weeks of tension, ANC, which ruled South Africa since end of aparid in 1994, welcomed Zuma's resignation with relief. "We will not celebrate," said Wednesday one of its leaders, Jessie Duarte. "We have had to ' withdraw ' a leader who served our movement for more than 60 years, it is not an easy thing."


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