South Africa’s ruling ANC party has picked Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s new leader.

Ramaphosa is now considered the leading candidate to become South Africa’s next president when the country holds elections in 2019.

He defeated former Cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Nearly 5,000 members of the African National Congress voted for party leader at a conference in Johannesburg.

Ramaphosa succeeds South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, who is stepping down as party leader amid numerous corruption scandals. Zuma is due to remain president of South Africa until 2019.

The ANC has won a majority in every national poll since end of white minority rule in 1994.

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