South Africa’s ruling party on Monday elected Cyril Ramaphosa, a unionist turned wealthy businessman, as its new leader in a closely fought race that marks a departure from the scandal-plagued tenure of President Jacob Zuma.
While Zuma, 75, no longer has an official position within the African National Congress, he has two years left as president of the country.
Ramaphosa, 65, will now stand as presidential candidate for the ANC, which has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid, in the next election, due to be held in 2019.
"Today is a victory for the ANC and South Africa," Ramaphosa's official Twitter account said. "We started the campaign...