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Ramaphosa Promises ‘New Era’ at South Africa’s Inauguration

Ramaphosa Promises 'New Era' at South Africa's Inauguration

South Africa Enters a “New Era” as President Ramaphosa Begins Second Term

South Africa embarked on a “new era,” declared President Cyril Ramaphosa as he took the oath of office for his second full term. Despite his party, the African National Congress (ANC), failing to secure a parliamentary majority in the recent election, a coalition government was formed with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and other parties.

In his inauguration speech at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre in Pretoria, Ramaphosa praised the collaborative efforts of the coalition while cautioning against deep-seated inequalities that could destabilize the nation. He emphasized the electorate’s call for unity and collaboration among leaders to prioritize national interests over partisan agendas.

Dignitaries from across Africa graced the ceremony, underscoring its significance on the continent. Amid a symbolic setting under a clear winter sky, Chief Justice Raymond Zondo administered the presidential oath, followed by national anthems, a 21-gun salute, and a military fly-past.

The ANC, which has governed since the end of apartheid, faced a historic electoral setback, securing 40% of the vote and necessitating coalition negotiations. Despite ideological differences, the ANC and DA agreed on a shared agenda focusing on infrastructure development, essential services, and job creation.

Ramaphosa acknowledged persistent societal divisions and pledged the coalition’s commitment to economic growth and inequality reduction. However, he also warned against forces seeking to stoke instability and undermine national institutions.

Notably absent from the inauguration was the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, formed by former President Jacob Zuma, which has vowed to oppose what it perceives as an elitist coalition benefiting market interests over people’s welfare.

As South Africa navigates this coalition government, Ramaphosa’s leadership aims to steer the nation towards unity and economic prosperity while addressing longstanding social disparities.

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