Buhari Congratulates New SA President Ramaphosa
Has there been any real change in South Africa's leadership?
Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa after he was chosen as South Africa's new President.
This follows the resignation of Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa, who as deputy president became interim leader immediately after Zuma’s late-night resignation on Wednesday, was sworn in as head of state by South Africa’s chief justice in Cape Town, following parliamentary vote.
The ruling African National Congress has a substantial majority in parliament and the vote is effectively a formality.
Buhari, in a congratulatory message on Thursday, said he looks forward to working with the new president.
“Congratulations to @CyrilRamaphosa on his election today as the President of the Republic of South Africa. I look forward to working with him, and to the continuing cooperation of the Governments of Africa’s two leading economies.” He wrote on twitter.
Ramaphosa, the ANC’s leader, now faces the daunting task of reviving Africa’s most industrialised economy following nine-years of Zuma’s rule that was characterised by stagnant growth, graft allegations and sliding support for the ruling party.
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