UPDATED: South Africa elects Ramaphosa as new president after Zuma’s resignation

Jacob Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa has been announced South Africa’s new president.

The development is coming barely a day after Zuma stepped down as the country’s number one citizen.
His resignation on Wednesday night was consequent upon heated pressure mounted on him by his party, ANC, to stand down after he was indicted of corruption allegations.
 Addressing group of lawmakers during a special sitting of parliament in Cape Town, on Thursday, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, noted that Ramaphosa was unanimously selected by South African lawmakers to pilot the affairs of the country without a vote after being the only candidate nominated.
The announcement was greeted with excitements from ANC lawmakers.
 Ramaphosa is expected to give the state of the union address tomorrow.

More details to follow…

 

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