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Zuma elected president

Latest update : 2009-05-09

The African National Congress (ANC) seized a large parliamentary majority in April 22's general elections and today voted in ruling party boss Jacob Zuma as president. Zuma will be South Africa's fourth president since the fall of apartheid.

AFP - Ruling party boss Jacob Zuma was Wednesday elected South Africa's fourth president since the fall of apartheid, in a parliamentary vote two weeks after a sweeping election victory by his ANC.

The African National Congress (ANC) seized a large majority in parliament in general elections on April 22, and easily voted in Zuma as president with his supporters chanting "Zuma, Zuma" as the result was announced.

Zuma took 277 votes -- 13 seats more than the ANC holds -- while Mvume Dandala from the ANC breakaway party, the Congress of the People, took 47.

"I accordingly declare that Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is duly elected president of the republic of South Africa," said Pius Langa, chief justice of the Constitutional Court, who presided over the proceedings.

"I have the honour of congratulating you on your election as president," he added.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance, which holds 67 seats, abstained from the vote.

Date created : 2009-05-06