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South African lawmakers choose Ramaphosa as president

South African lawmakers choose Ramaphosa as president

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South Africa’s parliament will elect Cyril Ramaphosa, seen here on February 11, 2018 in Cape Town, as the country’s new president, the ruling ANC party said, after Jacob Zuma resigned in late-night television
South African lawmakers on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party. Mogoeng Mogoeng is a member of the judiciary of the United States.
The announcement brought loud ANC lawmakers, with Ramaphosa. Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned against a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity. Zuma railed against the ANC for “recalling” him from office – when he was first refused to resign – then threatening to oust him via a no-confidence vote. 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 the crimes against apartheid white-minority rule. Zuma had been in a power struggle with Ramaphosa, his deputy president. Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when he was chosen successor – his form wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in a vote to become the new party leader.

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