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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

South Africa lawmakers re-elect Ramaphosa as president

South African lawmakers on Wednesday re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation’s president, two weeks after the ruling ANC party returned to power in legislative elections.

Ramaphosa was “duly elected president of the Republic of South Africa,” chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told parliament after Ramaphosa was the only name nominated by lawmakers in Cape Town.

MPs from the African National Congress, which won 230 out of 400 seats on May 8, choose the head of state in the parliament’s first post-election sitting.

The ANC won the ballot with 57.5 per cent of the vote, its thinnest majority since the end of apartheid.


Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday and name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend.

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