JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's ruling African National Congress has elected Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president, making the nation's deputy president likely to become the country's next head of state.
Ramaphosa will be the ANC's candidate for president in the 2019 elections.
Outgoing President Jacob Zuma's second and final term as party leader has ended after a scandal-ridden tenure that has seen a plummet in the popularity of Nelson Mandela's liberation movement.
Despite being part of Zuma's administration, the 65-year-old Ramaphosa has promoted himself recently as a reformer who will steer South Africa away from the corruption scandals that have hurt the economy.
One of the South Africa's richest businessmen, Ramaphosa is a veteran of the struggle to end the country's former apartheid system of white minority rule.