South Africa: President Ramaphosa to be sworn for a second term

Mr Ramaphosa is likely to form a government shortly after his inauguration, which would include his new coalition partners.
South Africa: President Ramaphosa to be sworn for a second term

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to be sworn in for a second term, despite his African National Congress (ANC) failing to win a majority in parliament in last month's election.

Last week, lawmakers re-elected him as president after the ANC, its long-time rival Democratic Alliance (DA), and other parties reached an agreement to create a coalition government.

The ANC, which has governed since apartheid ended in 1994, lost its majority for the first time in the 29 May election, which made no clear winner.

The uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, founded six months ago by former President Jacob Zuma and winning 15% of votes and 58 parliamentary seats, also boycotted parliament's inaugural meeting last Friday.

Mr Ramaphosa made it to the presidency despite the ANC losing 17% of the vote and 70 seats in parliament. He accomplished this through a power-sharing agreement with the pro-business DA, and other parties. The ANC received 40% of the vote, with the DA second with 22%.

The alliance represents a shift towards the political centre, as the ANC's left-wing and populist splinter parties declined the invitation to join a national unity government.

Mr Ramaphosa is likely to form a government shortly after his inauguration, which would include his new coalition partners, the DA and three other smaller parties. The coalition holds 68% of the seats in parliament.

Many heads of state and leaders from around the world are expected to attend the inauguration ceremony in the capital, Pretoria.

The president has named some of the countries that would be "represented at a high level" during the inauguration, including Angola, Uganda, Mozambique, China, Egypt, the State of Palestine, and Cuba.

South Africa: President Ramaphosa to be sworn for a second term

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