South Africa:Deputy President Ramaphosa steps in as President
Feb 15, Pretoria: After the embattled South African president Jacob Zuma stepped down today, the deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has automatically taken over the office.
President Zuma had been facing criticism for corruption and leading the country into a financial crisis.
After his resignation there has been a sense of hope growing as the reins of South Africa’s industrialized economy has now been transferred to the new president.
Mr Zuma, a former member of the ANC's military wing in the days of apartheid, rose through the ranks of the party to become president. He led the country for more than a third of its time after apartheid.
But he leaves office with several scandals hanging over him, and with South Africa's economy in dire straits.
The Oslo Times International News Network