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Tuesday 20th March 2018

South African Lawmakers Elect Ramaphosa as President

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7Dnews London

Wed, 22 May 2019 15:36 GMT

South African lawmakers on Wednesday elected Cyril Ramaphosa as state president in the first sitting of parliament since the ruling African National Congress won a majority of parliamentary seats in an election earlier this month.

Ahead of his inauguration on Saturday, Ramaphosa, who is also the leader of the ANC, was elected unopposed by lawmakers in parliament's National Assembly lower house.

The ANC easily won South Africa's May 8th general election, but its share of the vote fell, reflecting anger at corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a generation after the party took power. 

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