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Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn in as South Africa's President

Published on February 17, 2018
African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as the new President of South Africa after Jacob Zuma resigned from the presidency.

Cyril Ramaphosa Sworn in as South Africa's President
Ramphosa ended his speech saying
"I will try very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,"

Why did Zuma resign?

As per Zuma's statement given in an interview, he was pressurised by his party to step down from the presidency otherwise the party would give a vote of no confidence in parliament. Zuma also expressed his disagreement with his party's decision and blamed the violence and division within the ANC. Notably, Zuma served as South Africa's President since 2009

"Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC.
"As I leave I will continue to serve the people of South Africa as well as the ANC, the organisation I have served... all of my life." said Zuma

Cyril's focus

  • In his address to parliament, Cyril stated to work with the opposition party in order to curb corruption and to aim at improving the lives of people, strengthening the state-owned enterprises.
  • He will also try to pace up the stagnant economy and bring down the unemployment and economic inequality. 
  • His government will focus on creating new job, attracting investment and reconstructing the departments of government
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