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Ramaphosa Defeats Malema 283-44 to Become South Africa’s President

Ramaphosa Defeats Malema 283-44 to Become South Africa's President

Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected as the president of South Africa’s seventh administration, defeating EFF leader Julius Malema by 283 votes to 44.

Ramaphosa’s victory was secured with the support of his partners in the newly formed Government of National Unity, which includes the Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party, National Freedom Party, Patriotic Alliance, and Freedom Front Plus.

The announcement of Ramaphosa’s win was met with celebration from the ANC benches.

The President-elect will be inaugurated in Pretoria within five days, as required by the Constitution, according to a statement from Parliament.

After taking the oath of office, Ramaphosa will form a cabinet, selecting ministers to lead various government departments and implement the administration’s policies.

Julius Malema criticized the alliance between the ANC and DA, calling it a move to undermine changes in property relations in South Africa.

“We refuse to sell out. We have never done so when we’re young, and we’re not going to do so today. We don’t have a history of being collaborators.

“We are going to ensure that this parliament is functional. We can reassure you that will not fight with any bouncers.We’re going to be the best and effective opposition that is going to ensure that both you and the DA are held accountable. This is not a government of national unity. This is a grand coalition between the ANC and the white monopoly capital. History will judge you and judge you harshly,” Malema said.

Meanwhile, DA Leader John Steenhuisen said his party was looking forward to working with the ANC.

The Patriotic Alliance’s leader, Gayton McKenzie said South Africa got a second chance with these elections.

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