Cape Town –
South Africa (South Africa) has a new president after Jacob Zuma resigned. Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected by South African lawmakers as the new president, today.
As reported by AFP Thursday (15/2/2018), Ramaphosa was elected without voting because he was the only candidate who was nominated. He was elected at a special session in South Africa's parliament in Cape Town, with Supreme Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng declaring the election of Ramaphosa.
The announcement was met with loud cheers from the African National Congress Party or ANC who now ruled in South Africa. Ramaphosa previously served as Vice President of South Africa under Zuma. After Zuma resigned, he served as Executive Officer of South African President.
Scheduled Ramaphosa will deliver the first speech in parliament after being elected President of South Africa.
Zuma, who leads South Africa since 2009, finally resigned on Wednesday after being forced by his party, the ANC. Zuma's government over the past 9 years has been colored by numerous corruption scandals, a slowdown in economic growth and the decline of ANC's popularity in the election.
Zuma initially refused to back down and denounced the ANC. But the ANC, which ruled South Africa since the abolition of the apartheid system, threatened to impeach Zuma through parliament if he does not comply with the request to step down. Zuma finally chose to resign.
But in an interview on Wednesday (14/2) local time, Zuma called himself receiving the 'very unfair' treatment of the ANC which had sheltered him since 1959 ago.
Zuma's power over the ANC came off since December 2017 when the elected leader of the ANC leader, his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, lost to Ramaphosa in a vote. The ANC then held marathon talks between key party figures before deciding to ask Zuma to resign.
It is well known that Zuma's government faces many accusations of corruption, which he has always denied. In 2016, the South African court declared Zuma to be in violation of the Constitution for not replacing government money used for his private home. Then in 2017, the Supreme Court of South Africa called Zuma facing 18 counts of corruption, fraud and money laundering related arms purchases in 1999.
Later Zuma is linked to Indian businessmen who are accused of influencing Gupta's government. Both have denied it.
(nvc / dhn)