Cyril Ramaphosa appointed as new President of South Africa

  • Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress, ANC, was sworn in as South Africa’s new President on February 15, 2018. 
  • Mr Ramaphosa was elected as the new president of South Africa by the ruling party politicians after the resignation of Jacob Zuma. 
  • The country’s 400-member parliament, dominated by the ruling African National Congress Party (ANC), elected Ramaphosa yesterday to finish his predecessor’s term, which ends with elections in 2019. The ANC has finished first in every national vote since the end of white-minority rule in 1994.
  • The Economic Freedom Fighters Party (EFF), the country’s leading opposition party, walked out of the parliament session before the vote, calling the election by the ANC as illegitimate. 65-year-old Ramaphosa became country’s deputy President in 2014. 

About Cyril Ramaphosa

  • He was born in Soweto township on November 7, 1952. The Soweto township was a centre of anti-Apartheid stuggle in South Africa.
  • In 1974 he was jailed for 11 months.
  • He launched the National Union of Mineworkers, the Congress of South African Trade Unions in 1982.
  • He became deputy president of South Africa in 2014. 
  • On 15 February 2018, he became the President of South Africa. 
  • In 2015, with networth of 450 million dollar, Forbes named him the 42nd wealthiest person of Africa. 

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