President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa on his election today as the President of the Republic of South Africa.
A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu in Abuja on Thursday said the President also felicitated with the African National Congress (ANC)), and the Government and people of South Africa, on the peaceful transfer of power that resulted in the election of President Ramaphosa.
Buhari saluted the leadership and statesmanship of former President Jacob Zuma, and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.
President Buhari looked forward to working with the new President of South Africa, and to enhanced cooperation of the Governments of Africa’s two leading economies.
South African lawmakers had earlier on Thursday selected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own ANC ruling party.
Ramaphosa was chosen without a vote after being the only candidate nominated, chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told assembled lawmakers at a special sitting of the parliament in Cape Town.
The announcement brought loud cheers from ANC lawmakers, with Ramaphosa due to address the parliament later during proceedings.
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.
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.