Cyril Ramaphosa, the head of the African National Congress, was sworn in for a five-year term as South Africa’s president after being elected unopposed by Parliament following the sixth general elections this month.
The 66 year old Ramaphosa swore allegiance to the Constitution in the presence of thousands of dignitaries and citizens at the swearing in ceremony in the capital, Pretoria after being voted unopposed in a process overseen by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as the country’s leader in the National Assembly this week.
Several heads of state, former heads of state and heads of international and regional organisation attended the swearing in ceremony. It is the first time that a President’s inauguration was open to the public and not just invited guests.
The ANC, facing factionalism and public outcries about inaction against senior officials accused of corruption, won the May 8 general election but its share of the vote fell.