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After Zuma quits, Cyril Ramaphosa becomes South Africa’s new President

Cyril Ramaphosa, head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), was sworn in as South Africa’s President in Cape Town on Thursday.

His inauguration came less than 24 hours after the country’s ex-leader, Jacob Zuma, resigned.

Ramaphosa, 65, addressed the nation, declaring the government’s goal is “to continue to improve the lives of our people,” shortly after ANC politicians elected him.

In his speech, he pledged to work with other parties to serve the people and tackle corruption.

Ramaphosa was chosen as leader of the ANC last December.

Zuma resigned on Wednesday night under mounting pressure from the ANC, leaving both the leadership of the ruling party and the struggling economy in the hands of Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa will remain in office until the next year’s national elections.

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