Cyril Ramaphosa Re-Elected South African President

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South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa (Credit: Bloomberg
South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa (Credit: Bloomberg
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Cyril Ramaphosa has been Re-Elected as South African President. 

Cyril Ramaphosa of the African National Congress (ANC) has been re-elected as the President of South Africa. The election took place at the first sitting of parliament on Friday, presided over by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

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Mr. Ramaphosa secured 283 votes, defeating the opposition candidate, Julius Malema, leader of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), who received only 44 votes.

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In a significant shift from previous elections, the ANC, having failed to win a majority of seats in the National Assembly, entered into a coalition with the Democratic Alliance (DA) party to form a government of national unity.

“I will serve all and work with even those who did not support me,” Mr. Ramaphosa told the National Assembly after winning re-election with the support of Democratic Alliance MPs.

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Earlier on Friday, the ANC and the DA reached an agreement to form the coalition government. DA Leader John Steenhuisen announced, “It is my privilege to report to you that after two weeks of thorough negotiations that only concluded after today’s sitting of parliament had already started, the DA has reached an agreement on the statement of intent for the formation of a Government of National Unity.”

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