President Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected for a second term after the ANC after coalition deal

By Elkanah Nyauma

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Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected for a second term after coalition deal

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was re-elected for a second term after the ANC formed an unprecedented coalition government following the May 29 general election, which produced no outright winner. Ramaphosa, 71, was elected with 283 votes in a secret ballot, defeating Julius Malema of the EFF, who received 44 votes. The ANC, which won only 40% of the vote and lost its absolute majority for the first time, has entered into a coalition with the Democratic Alliance, the Inkatha Freedom Party, and other smaller parties.

Cyril Ramaphosa has been re-elected for a second term
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa smiles after being re-elected as the leader for the African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg on December 19, 2022. | PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP

In his acceptance speech, Ramaphosa expressed gratitude and emphasized the need for unity and cooperation. The coalition government aims to respect and defend the constitution and the rule of law. However, challenges lie ahead, as Ramaphosa must navigate the conflicting views within the coalition to address South Africa’s economic issues, including record power cuts, high unemployment, and crime. Rapid, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth is a top priority for the new government.

The election marked the end of three decades of ANC dominance, signaling a significant shift in South African politics. Jacob Zuma’s new party, uMkhonto weSizwe, which came third in the election, disputed the results and boycotted the parliamentary sitting. Ramaphosa’s re-election has been welcomed by South Africa’s BRICS ally, China, with President Xi Jinping sending a congratulatory note.

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