The ruling party in South Africa, African National Congress (ANC) on Monday re-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa as its leader for another five-year tenure.
Ramaphosa defeated former health minister Zweli Mkhize, to emerge the ANC leader for another round of five years.
According to election chief, Kgalema Motlanthe, he garnered 2,476 votes to defeat Mkhize with 1,897 on Monday.
He said “It’s a good outcome not only for the governing party… it’s a good outcome for the country,” Ramaphosa’s spokesman Vincent Magwenya told reporters.
“The president is quite energised,” he added.
Ramaphosa’s comfortable victory opens the way for him to a second term as South African president if the ANC win the next general elections, due in 2024.
Under the constitution, the head of state is chosen by parliament.
More than 4,300 delegates, gathered at a conference near Johannesburg, cast their ballots on Sunday to appoint top officials, including party president, deputy president, chair and secretary general,
The party’s former treasurer, Paul Mashatile, emerged deputy president.
Most of the delegates erupted in celebration, standing on chairs, chanting and clapping hands when the results were announced.
Ramaphosa’s opponent Mkhize, walked up to the stage and took off his cap to congratulate Ramaphosa. The pair hugged and shook hands.