CAPE TOWN: The National Assembly is set to elect the new country’s president today at 2pm, where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to be elected.
Both the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have said they would not participate in the election of Ramaphosa as a new president. However, the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament has said they will nominate Ramaphosa as its president.
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In a statement issued by the Office of the Chief Whip, “The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament will today, in the National Assembly, nominate ANC President and Deputy President of the Republic, comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, to be elected as the new President of the Republic of South Africa.”
“This follows the resignation of comrade President Jacob Zuma as President of the Republic, after the decision of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) to recall him from office as its deployee.
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“Today’s sitting of the National Assembly will take place in terms of Section 86 of the Constitution which mandates the National Assembly to elect one among its members to be the President of the Republic of South Africa,” the statement said.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will preside over the election of the new President.