Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned.

He was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president. MPs from the ruling African National Congress broke into song at the announcement.

In a speech to parliament Mr. Ramaphosa, 65, said that corruption was on his radar.

The ANC had told Mr. Zuma to step down or face a vote of no-confidence.

In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his party’s decision.

Mr. Zuma faces numerous corruption allegations but denies any wrongdoing.

One opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, walked out of the parliamentary debate. It wants new elections, rather than the ANC deciding on the identity of the new president.

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Ramaphosa at a glance

-Detained in 1974 and 1976 for anti-apartheid activities
-Chairman of committee which prepared for Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in 1990
-Had hoped to succeed Mandela as president but Thabo Mbeki chosen instead
-Moved full-time into business in 1997, becoming one of South Africa’s richest businessmen
-On Lonmin board during 2012 Marikana massacre
-Elected ANC leader in 2017
-Becomes president of South Africa on 15 February 2018

With agency report