New president in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa today was elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid.
“I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa said in ending his speech to parliament shortly after it elected him. He said the issue of corruption is on “our radar screen.”
Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated for election after two opposition parties said they would not participate.
He is South Africa’s fifth president since the end of the apartheid system of white minority rule in 1994.