South African lawmakers on Thursday elected Cyril Ramaphosa 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.
Zuma announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence.
In a 30-minute national television address he said that he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.
“I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever grateful that they trusted me with the highest office in the land,” he added.
Zuma has, however, been at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his successor and the new head of the ANC.