South Africa Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As Its New President

Feb 17, 2018, 02:53
South Africa Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As Its New President

Moscow expects that its strategic cooperation with South Africa will continue to evolve after Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected the country's president, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. He took office on Thursday after former president Jacob Zuma was forced to leave the presidency by the African National Congress, which has long accused him of corruption. But Ramaphosa lost the race to lead the ANC - and the country - to Thabo Mbeki, another struggle leader who returned to South Africa after living in exile. During that time, Zuma faced a slew of corruption scandals that have drained support from the ANC, earning him the moniker of the "Teflon president".

February 16, 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver the State of the Nation Address in parliament, Cape Town. I believe that we are educated enough to know what is said during the address, so to say we don't understand what is said during the address, would be a lie. "Business will step up because they want Ramaphosa to succeed". "A nation of free and equal people", Ramaphosa said.

And so, when the fifth president of the democratic South Africa entered the House, even EFF MPs rose to their feet in applause.

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"I look forward to working closely with President Ramaphosa to help build a healthier, more secure and prosperous future for both our countries". Many South Africans remember that he was a board member of the Lonmin mining group at the time of the Marikana killings in 2012, when police shot dead 34 striking mine workers. ― Who have been shot in U.S. schools since the Sandy Hook mass shooting in December 2012, seventeen of them killed on Wednesday alone at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The country faces many economic challenges, including unemployment of over 25 percent and slow growth.

"This is the year in which we will turn the tide on corruption in our public institutions", Ramaphosa said.

Zuma resigned reluctantly after his party threatened to oust him via a no-confidence vote in parliament.

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Ramaphosa became the leader of the ANC, Africa's oldest liberation movement, in December by narrowly defeating Zuma's ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

FILE: Ramaphosa is congratulated by members of opposition parties.

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