Listen to RFI News
Expand Player
 
Listen Download Podcast
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 07/22 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 07/19 13h00 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 1300 - 1400 GMT
    News bulletin 07/18 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/05 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/04 13h00 GMT
  • 13h00 - 14h00 GMT
    News bulletin 04/03 13h00 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Africa

Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

media A man with a lot on his plate: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday took the oath of office as president of South Africa, promising "a new era" against a background of expectations that he will revive the economy and fight corruption.

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries were among 36,000 people who witnessed the event complete with pomp, military honours and an airforce flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria.

The 66-year-old leader was unanimously elected by parliament to a five-year term after his African National Congress (ANC) won legislative elections on 8 May, taking 230 of the 400 seats.

The ANC collected 57.5 percent of the vote, its weakest result since apartheid was overturned 25 years ago.

Ramaphosa is a trade unionist who played a prominent part in the struggle to end white-minority rule before becoming a successful businessman.

He faces a herculean task to tackle the country's many problems - from a sickly economy in which more than a quarter of the workforce is jobless, to entrenched crime and corruption, not to mention land ownership with most valuable farmland still overwhelmingly in the hands of whites.

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.