Cyril Ramaphosa was officially declared head of state on Thursday. Ramaphosa was elected unopposed in the National Assembly, amid calls by most opposition parties for Parliament to be dissolved and for an early election. National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete received a letter from Jacob Zuma on Thursday morning informing her of his resignation as president of the country. Earlier, the EFF walked out of the House after Mbete refused to entertain the party’s calls for the dissolution of Parliament. Mbete said the matter should be raised in a properly constituted motion. EFF leader Julius Malema said the Constitutional Court had ruled on two occasions that Parliament had failed to fulfil its duties, "so none among us should emerge to stand for the position of President. Let’s go for the elections. Let the masses of SA choose a president, not elites here". The DA also called for the dissolution of Parliament and for fresh elections. "We don’t only have a Jacob Zuma problem, we have an ...

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