South Africa’s parliament elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president on Thursday, after Jacob Zuma resigned in a late-night television address.
Mr Ramaphosa was elected without a vote after being the only candidate nominated in the parliament in Cape Town, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers.
The African National Congress (ANC), which has a large majority in parliament, nominated Mr Ramaphosa, a wealthy former businessman, “to be elected as the new President of the Republic of South Africa”.
After being voted in, Mr Ramaphosa used his first speech in office to vow to fight government corruption, in a direct reference to accusations levelled against his predecessor.
“Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with ‘state capture’ are issues that are on our radar screen,” he told lawmakers in parliament.
Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday as the ANC finally turned against him after a nine-year reign dominated by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and plummeting electoral popularity.
Mr Zuma railed against the ANC for “recalling” him from office and – when he at first refused to resign – then threatening to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote.
In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.
Mr Zuma’s hold over the ANC was broken in December when his chosen successor – his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – narrowly lost to Mr Ramaphosa in a vote for the new party leader.