Published: Thu, May 23, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

SAfrica's parliament set to elect president

SAfrica's parliament set to elect president

ANC member of Parliament (MP) Thandi Modise was earlier on Wednesday afternoon formally elected as Speaker of the National Assembly.

South African lawmakers were set to re-elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation's president on Wednesday, two weeks after the ANC returned to power in legislative elections.

In this light, Buccus says, it won't be surprising that Mabuza won't return to his position as Deputy President. But he has struggled to enact reforms in the face of opposition from party rivals. "We have been given this responsibility on an overriding basis to revive our economy, to create jobs".

Cape Town - The postponement of Deputy President David Mabuza's swearing-in as an MP has once again lifted the lid on the raging battle within the governing party over who will be the country's second-in-command.

The ANC says in a statement that Mabuza asked for a postponement which the party granted.

Baleka Mbete and Malusi Gigaba also withdrew from the ANC's parliamentary list on Tuesday. An appearance before the ANC Integrity Commission is well overdue (also, the words "ANC" and "integrity" appearing together is oxymoronic to the nth degree), given his long and storied history of gross corruption, but this is still quite a shock.

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They have both been implicated by whistleblowers at a government commission probing allegations of graft during President Zuma's term of office.

South Africa's chief justice started swearing in lawmakers in batches of 10 ahead of the election of parliament's presiding officers and nominations for president. The DA's Majola received 83 votes.

Ramaphosa's ANC has 230 seats in South Africa's sixth democratic parliament since the fall of apartheid in 1994.

Intense lobbying is under way to convince Ramaphosa to select Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor or former AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to succeed Mabuza when he announces his new Cabinet, expected on Sunday.

It is understood that in the expectation that some ANC MPs won't vote for him had voting happened, Ramaphosa reached out to Malema to have the red berets voting for him.

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