The leader of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, was sworn in today as the new president of South Africa in a colourful ceremony in Pretoria before thousands of citizens and heads of state and government invited for the occasion.
On this occasion and for the first time, the act of seizure of power took place in the Loftus stadium of this capital, with a capacity for 37 thousand people, while until now it had always been hosted by the complex of government buildings known as Union Building.
Prayers from representatives of various religions wished success to the new president, to begin this activity that contemplated the oath of Ramaphosa by the Chief Justice, Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng.
More than two thousand foreign guests participated in this multitudinous and colorful act in Pretoria representing the countries of Southern Africa, regional and international economic organizations, as well as a limited presence of friendly nations, including Cuba with a delegation headed by the first vice president, Salvador Valdes Mesa.
In his inaugural speech, Ramaphosa addressed the main challenges facing this country and reiterated his willingness to fight poverty, create jobs and end inequality. This is the defining moment for the young South African democracy,’ he said.
This event coincided with Africa Day and had as its motto Together Celebrating Democracy: Renewal and Growth for a Better South Africa.
The heads of state and government members of the Southern African Development Community, along with other guests, the heads of all political parties represented in parliament, ministers and high-level officials filled the presidency of this ceremony that ends the process begun last May 8 and opens a new path for South Africa.
(Taken from PL in Spanish)