South Africa's parliament some hours ago elected Cyril Ramaphosa, unopposed, as the country's new president just hours after Jacob Zuma resigned in a late-night television address after a nine-year rule.

The African National Congress (ANC), which has a large majority in parliament, stated earlier in the day that they would nominate the wealthy former business man who became Zuma's vice president since 2014 and it happened.

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The appointment of Ramaphosa, leader of the ruling African National Congress party since December 2017, was met with anger by some members of the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters party, who walked out of the chamber in protest before the vote took place.

The 65-year-old Ramaphosa who, as deputy president, became interim leader immediately after Zuma's resignation on Wednesday made his name as a trade union leader during the apartheid era and as the chief negotiator for Nelson Mandela, helping to shepherd the country out of white minority rule.

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When Mandela's presidency came to a close, he made it clear that he wanted Ramaphosa to succeed him. But Ramaphosa lost the race to lead the ANC and the country to Thabo Mbeki, another anti-apartheid leader who returned to South Africa after living in exile.