Just hours after Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s President, the nation’s parliament on Thursday, elected Cyril Ramaphosa the new president of the nation. Jacob Zuma resigned in a late-night television address after a nine-year rule.
The 65-year-old Ramaphosa who, as deputy president, became interim leader immediately after Zuma’s resignation on Wednesday made his name as a trade union leader during the apartheid era and as the chief negotiator for Nelson Mandela, helping to shepherd the country out of white minority rule.
The nation’s ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), which has a large majority in parliament, stated earlier in the day that they would nominate the wealthy former business man who became Zuma’s vice president since 2014 and it happened.
The appointment of Ramaphosa, leader of the ruling African National Congress party since December 2017, was met with anger by some members of the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters party, who walked out of the chamber in protest before the vote took place.