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Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn in as president of South Africa

ELECTED: Cyril Ramaphosa (Photo credit: AP)

CYRIL RAMAPHOSA will be elected president of South Africa by a parliamentary vote less than 16 hours after the resignation of Jacob Zum.

Ramaphosa – who, as deputy president, became interim leader immediately after Zuma’s late-night resignation on Wednesday and will be sworn in as head of state today (Feb 15) by South Africa’s chief justice in Cape Town.

In a televised speech to the nation late on Wednesday, Zuma said he was a disciplined member of the party, to which he had dedicated his life.

“I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment,” he said. “I will continue to serve the people of South Africa and the ANC. I will dedicate my life to continuing to work for the execution of the policies of our organisation.

“No life should be lost in my name. The ANC should never be divided in my name. I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.”

Ramaphosa will be sworn in after the vote in the 400-member parliament and is then expected to address the chamber. He is also expected to finish his predecessor’s term, which ends with elections next year.

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