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Zuma resigns and Ramaphosa assumes charge as South Africa's new president
Consequent to the African National Congress's (ANC) National Executive Committee's decision to recall President Jacob Zuma choosing to resign instead of office, after motion of no confidence tabled by the ruling party on 15 February, Deputy President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has automatically became acting President in accordance with the Constitution of South Africa.

On 14 February, Zuma addressed the nation and said that even though he did not agree with the ANC's decision to recall him he would do as they asked and announced his resignation with immediate effect.

Zuma had been South Africa's president since 2009 and was due to step down next year but could not complete his tenure due to serious charges of graft that spoiled the the image of the ANC.

Now, Ramaphosa has been elected unopposed as President of South Africa by the National Assembly on 15 February. Ramaphosa is the fifth and current post-apartheid President of South Africa.

Shortly after the result of a parliamentary vote in his favour, Ramaphosa promised to tackle endemic graft and corruption in South Africa.

He has been an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader and businessman, he has been the Deputy President of South Africa since 2014. He was elected as President of the ANC in December 2017.

Further, Ramaphosa is also well known as a prominent rich businessman who has also been criticised for the conduct of his business interests.

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