Former South African Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa (rear L) reacts as he hugs South African National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete (rear R) after being elected by the Members of Parliament during a session at the Parliament in Cape Town prior to his swearing in as South Africa's President, on February 15, 2018. South African lawmakers elected wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa on February 15, 2018 as the country's new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party. Ramaphosa was elected without a vote after being the only candidate nominated in the parliament in Cape Town, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Rodger BOSCH
South African lawmakers formally named wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as new president Thursday after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his own party.
Ramaphosa, the only candidate, was approved without a vote by the parliament in Cape Town, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers, to loud cheers.
Zuma announced his resignation late Wednesday, and aimed barbs at the African National Congress (ANC) party for vowing to oust him via a no-confidence vote in parliament.
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