BREAKING: Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn In As South Africa’s President
Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the president of South Africa, succeeding Jacob Zuma who resigned yesterday evening.
Mr. Ramaphosa was the deputy president to Jacob Zuma until his resignation.
Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday and the announcement was welcomed by singing in the National Assembly.
The party, African National Congress [ANC] had asked Mr Zuma to resign or face a vote of no-confidence.
Zuma said, during a televised statement, that he was quitting with immediate effect though he mentioned he disagreed with the party’s decision.
He faces numerous corruption allegations but has denies any wrongdoing.
Speaking, Ramaphosa thanked the lawmakers, Chief Justice, and political parties for giving him the privilege to serve the nation.
“I will do all these as a servant of our people. Once one is elected as president, you become a servant.
“I will seek to do that task with humility and faithfulness.”
“Many of the lawmakers have spoken about unity and how to work for our people. I will adopt and accept the advice.”
“We have to work together on how to improve the lives of our people rather than grandstanding.”
“Issue of corruption, strengthening state enterprises are issues that we will be addressing. Also issue of patriotism.
“South Africa must come first in everything that we do.”
He said he would continue to interact with parliament to continuously brief them on the programmes and action of the government.
He also said that he would continue to work with leaders of all political parties.
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