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Cyril Ramaphosa elected as South Africa's president

ANI  |  Cape Town [South Africa] 

was elected as the new of on Thursday hours after embattled leader resigned, ending weeks-long power struggle in the ruling (ANC).

Ramaphosa was nominated as a candidate by ANC backbencher Patrick Maesela, and the nomination was seconded by his colleague

None of the opposition parties nominated a candidate.

Members of the opposition walked out of the chamber in protest during the debate, reported

The 65-year-old has focused on cracking down on corruption and improving the economic.

"has just emerged from a historic and challenging time," said Baleka Mbete, the "Our democracy has matured and remains resilient."

In a televised address on Wednesday night to South Africa, announced his resignation ahead of Thursday's no-confidence votes.

"I have therefore come to the decision to resign as of the republic with immediate effect even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organisation ... I have always been a disciplined member of the organisation," quoted as saying.

Zuma further noted that he was not afraid to leave office as he did not fear the no-confidence motion.

"I fear no motion of no confidence or impeachment for they are the lawful mechanisms for the people of this beautiful country to remove their president," he said.

Zuma, had led the ANC since 2007 and has been South Africa's since 2009.

The scandal-hit South African leader, faces more than 780 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.

The South African media have been calling President Zuma's inevitable exit as "Zexit".

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 20:10 IST
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