Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president following the resignation of embattled leader Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president, 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.
“I truly feel humbled to have been given this great privilege of being able to serve our people,” Ramaphosa said in an address to members of parliament moments after he was confirmed as President.
He pledged to act as a “servant of our people,” adding his intention to lead with “humility, faithfulness and dignity.”
“I will try to work very hard not to disappoint the people of South Africa,” Ramaphosa added.
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.
He 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.
In an earlier TV interview on Wednesday, Zuma said he had received “very unfair” treatment from the party that he joined in 1959 and in which he had fought for decades against apartheid white-minority rule.