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SA ruling party elects Cyril Ramaphosa as new leader

| Updated: December 21, 2017 10:35:42


Cyril Ramaphosa greets an ANC member during the party conference in Johannesburg on Monday. (Reuters Photo) Cyril Ramaphosa greets an ANC member during the party conference in Johannesburg on Monday. (Reuters Photo)

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has selected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party's leader for the next five year.

The country's deputy president defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma's ex-wife, after a marathon voting process.

Ramaphosa is in a strong position to become president in 2019 polls, says a BBC report.

The leadership battle caused fierce political infighting, raising fears the party might split before the election.

Almost 5,000 delegates voted in an internal party election at a conference centre in Johannesburg. Ramaphosa won with 2,440 votes to 2,261 for his rival Dlamini-Zuma, according to the guardian.

The result triggered celebrations among party delegates in Johannesburg and also on the streets of the city.

Media reports said earlier that the announcement had been delayed, with Dlamini-Zuma's camp demanding a recount.

The voting process started on Sunday.

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