South African vice president Cyril Ramaphosa has won the ANC party leadership election, boosting his chances of succeeding Jacob Zuma as the president of the country.
The 65-year-old was contesting the party’s top post against former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who hoped to become the first woman leader of the ruling party, and possibly the first female South African president.
He garnered 2440 votes to Dlamini-Zuma’s 2261.
Ramaphosa has been the country’s vice president since 26 May, 2014, having risen through the political ranks at ANC from being a trade unionist.
He has also served as leader of government business in the National Assembly and Chairman of the National Planning Commission.
Ramaphosa ran in the 1997 ANC Presidential election, ultimately losing to Thabo Mbeki.
His latest run received huge backing from the country’s largest trade union COSATU and the National Union of Mineworkers.
Should he go on to win the 2019 presidential election, Ramaphosa will become South Africa’s fifth president.