South Africa’s Ramaphosa Sworn in for Second Term

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in for a second full term in office as president, despite failing to secure a majority in parliament in last month’s election for his African National Congress (ANC).

“I swear I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa… I will obey, observe and uphold the constitution and all other laws of the republic,” he said.

The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Lawmakers re-elected him to stay Ramaphosa as president last week following a deal to form a coalition government between the ANC, its long-time rival Democratic Alliance (DA) and other parties. Outright winner.

The ANC, which has governed since the end of apartheid in 1994, lost its majority for the first time after the 29 May election produced no outright winner.

Many dignitaries, including several African heads of states, are attending the ceremony.

The ceremony includes music and artistic performances, a 21-gun salute, military fly-bys and a march-past by the country’s defence forces.

The uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party formed six months ago by former President Jacob Zuma says its officials will not participate in the “farcical” inauguration.

The party, which won 15% of votes and obtained 58 parliamentary seats, also boycotted parliament’s first sitting last Friday.

The 71-year-old has kept the presidency even though the ANC vote fell by 17 percentage points, and it lost 70 seats in parliament.

He did this through a power-sharing arrangement with the pro-business DA, a historic rival, and other parties.

The ANC got 40% of the vote, while the DA came second with 22%.

The coalition is a move to the political centre, because the ANC’s left-wing and populist breakaway parties rejected the invitation to join a national unity government.

Ramaphosa is expected to appoint a cabinet soon after the inauguration, which is to include his new coalition partners the DA and three other smaller parties. Together, the coalition accounts for 68% of seats in parliament.

The president is also expected to set out an agenda to rescue the flailing economy.

Under his rule, the economic performance has continued to suffer amid power cuts, rising crime and unemployment.

Ramaphosa first became president in 2018 when his predecessor, Mr Zuma, was forced to resign because of corruption allegations – which he denied.


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