Following the resignation of the embattled leader Jacob Zuma Wednesday, Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president, the BBC has reported.
He was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday,By the ruling party African National Congress(ANC). The ANC had told Zuma who was facing numerous corruption allegations to step down or face a vote of no-confidence.
Although Zuma disagreed with his party’s decision and also denied any wrong doing,He resigned his position as President to avoid being fired through an opposition-tabled parliamentary vote of no confidence.
Ramaphosa’s nomination was unopposed as he was the only candidate nominated by the ruling African National Congress(ANC).
Briefly, ANC President and State Deputy President Ramaphosa then became acting President while awaiting the National Assembly’s vote to formally install him, which took place against the backdrop of opposition demands for a new national election.
Both the official opposition Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said there was not merely a “Zuma problem” but an “ANC problem”.the Economic Freedom Fighters however,walked out of the parliamentary debate.
Newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosa said he would work hard “not to disappoint the people of South Africa”.
Ramaphosa, made the pledge in brief remarks after he was elected President by parliament on Thursday, the day after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
“The issues that you have raised, issues that have to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with state capture are issues that are on our radar screen,” he said.
Ramaphosa also pledged to tackle endemic corruption after Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
Ramaphosa, who will be president until elections 2019, faces an uphill battle to earn back public and investor support.