CAPE TOWN: Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected the new president of South Africa after the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
The country’s 400-member parliament, dominated by the ruling African National Congress party (ANC), elected Ramaphosa on Thursday to finish his predecessor’s term, which ends with elections in 2019.
Total 708 votes were cast, of the 4 776 total number of credentials.
Cyril Ramaphosa won 2 440 votes to Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma’s 2 261.
Zuma was forced to quit by his own party ANC after nine years in power.
He was forced out by his own party due to corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity.
Former African president announced to resign in a televised address to the nation, saying that he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect”.
Jacob opted out in a bid to avoid a no-confidence vote in parliament by his own ANC party. The no-confidence vote was due on Thursday.
“No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name,” Zuma said in his address.
His resignation came just hours after police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family, Indian-born billionaire allies of the president who have been at the centre of corruption allegations against Zuma and his circle for years. Zuma and the Guptas have always denied being involved in corruption.