South Africa ruling African National Congress’ new president Cyril Ramaphosa has thanked the party’s delegates for electing him as their new leader, saying he will serve with humility.
— African National Congress (@MYANC) December 19, 2017
The current South African vice president won the ANC leadership post after beating former African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma by 2440 votes to 2261.
Dlamini-Zuma had hoped to become the first woman leader of the ruling party, and possibly the first female South African president.
Ramaphosa’s win meant he will contest the 2019 presidential election under the ANC flag.
He hailed the leaders chosen on Monday, praising the delegates for chosing their own leaders.
“Leadership that has been chosen is unity leadership. We are very pleased with that. Delegates chose their own leaders,” he said.
Ramaphosa is the 13 president of the ANC.