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South Africa Sworn-in New President, Cyril Ramaphosa

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to bring about “hope and renewal” as he was inaugurated at a stadium in the capital Pretoria on Saturday.

BBC reports that the African National Congress (ANC) leader vowed to tackle corruption and rejuvenate the struggling economy.

The 66-year-old leader was unanimously elected by parliament to a five-year term after his African National Congress won legislative elections on May 8, taking 230 of the 400 seats.

Mr Ramaphosa initially took over from Jacob Zuma in 2018 after Mr Zuma was accused of corruption.

Mr Ramaphosa is the country’s fifth democratically elected president since apartheid ended in 1994.

“This is a defining moment for a young nation like ours,” the president said in his speech in front of 32,000 people at the rugby stadium in Pretoria.

“There shall no longer be any person in this land who will be unable to meet their basic needs,” he promised.

Meanwhile, heads of state from more than 40 countries attended the inauguration while the bewly inaugurated president thanked them for their “sacrifices and tireless contributions” for the “liberation of our land”.

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