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Cyril Ramaphosa Succeeds Jacob Zuma As South Africa's President

Cyril Ramaphosa, aged 65, was announced on Thursday as the new president of South Africa some hours after Jacob Zuma resigned.

Some lawmakers in the National Assembly in Cape Town congratulated Ramaphosa, who now is not only the leader of the ruling party African National Congress (ANC), but also South Africa's President. But members of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) weren't in support of this decision, as was made evident through their protest. But the decision is made; Ramaphosa is South Africa's new president.

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Nelson Mandela made it clear he wanted Ramaphosa to be the next president when his presidency ended.
However Ramaphosa lost the race to become President of South Africa to Thabo Mbeki ,and thereafter he resigned from his political positions in January 1997 and moved to the private sector, where he became a director of New Africa Investments Limited. He later came back to the election race in 2007.

"I truly feel humbled to have been given this great privilege of being able to serve our people," President Ramaphosa said, while pledging to act as a servant of the people, with the intention to lead with "humility, faithfulness and dignity."
Ramaphosa has faith that  his anti-corruption campaign would revive the spirit of supporters of the ANC party.
"I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa," Ramaphosa said.

Concerning the resign of Jacob Zuma, the Parliament had been due to hold a no-confidence vote on Thursday to remove Zuma from office.

Surprisingly though, on Wednesday night, Zuma announced his resignation, in which he said that he had been disturbed about what he referred to as "instances of violence" outside the party's headquarters.

"No life should be lost in my name and also 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," Zuma continues.
"Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC, he concludes."