Breaking: Cyril Ramphosa elected South Africa's new president

Cyril Ramphosa has been elected as the president of South Africa after former president Zuma resigned as president on Wednesday, February 14.

Ramphosa was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday, February 15 and the announcement was welcomed by singing in the National Assembly, BBC reports.

The party had told 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 the party’s decision.

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Cyril Ramphosa has been elected has the president of South Africa. Credit: Google

However, one opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, was said to have walked out of the parliamentary debate.

The opposition party claimed it wants new elections, rather than the ANC deciding on the identity of the new president.

PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app previously reported that South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, resigned from office on Wednesday, February 14, after nine years in office.

Zuma resigned after much controversy and threat of impeachment from the National Assembly as well as a vote of no confidence from his political party, African National Congress (ANC).

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