South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa has beaten Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to win leadership race in ruling African National Congress, ANC.
He was announced winner on Monday at the party’s national convention. Ramaphosa won 2,446 votes, to the 2,261 votes recorded by the former wife of the country’s current President, Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa will now replace President Zuma as ANC president and almost certainly run as presidential candidate when South Africa goes to the polls to elect new President in 2019.
Still in Monday’s convention, David Mabuza was elected vice president of ANC, which is South Africa’s largest political party.
The marathon voting session commenced late on Sunday night and continued until mid-morning on Monday.
In his final address as ANC president on Saturday, Zuma appeared to be endorsing Dlamini-Zuma when he pointed out that it was a milestone that there were three female candidates for president.