VIDEO: Zuma resigns Cyril Ramaphosa elected South Africa’s President
South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has been appointed as President by African National Congress (ANC) following Jacob Zuma resignation.
The National Assembly speaker congratulated the country’s new president as she wished former president the best in his endeavours. His appointment was certain as Members of Parliament elected him unopposed.
Zuma resigned as South Africa President Wednesday night, heeding to orders by the ruling ANC.
This news came as a shocker to many as Zuma had stayed put over the last few days amid pressure and turmoil from ANC. His resignation brings to an end his nine-year scandal-plagued years in power. In a televised speech, Zuma said
South Africa was preparing to welcome wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president earlier today after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his own party.
Mr Zuma announced he had stepped down in a late-night television address in which he took digs at the African National Congress party that had threatened to oust him via a parliamentary no-confidence vote.
In a 30-minute speech, he said he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.
“I have only asked my party to articulate my transgressions and the reason for its immediate instruction that I vacate office,” he said.
Mr Zuma, 75, has been in a lengthy power struggle with Mr Ramaphosa, the Deputy President. Mr Ramaphosa, who won control of the ANC when he was elected as its head in December, is likely to be voted in by parliament as South Africa’s new president today.
Mr Zuma, in an earlier TV interview, said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and with which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.