South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa was preparing to give his first state of the nation address Friday to a country with high expectations as he vows to curb corruption that flourished under his predecessor.
He took office on Thursday after former president Jacob Zuma was forced to leave the presidency by the African National Congress, which has long accused him of corruption.
South Africa Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang prior to a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound July 14, 2015 in Beijing, China. He quickly spoke out against the corruption that had weakened the ANC, which has been in power since the end of white minority rule in 1994, and sped up the momentum that led to Zuma's resignation.
"We remain a highly unequal society in which poverty and prosperity are still defined by race as well as gender", he said. He vowed to steer South Africa from the turmoil that has hurt the economy and briefly sent it into recession a year ago.
Ramaphosa said key manufacturing sectors would be overhauled to demonstrate opportunities for worldwide investors and said there there would be further actions to boost growth in the agricultural sector.
Ramaphosa had been handpicked by Mandela to succeed him when his presidency ended. Ramaphosa left government afterward and made his fortune in the business world.Читайте также: Women's Alpine slalom start time, TV schedule, and how to watch online
Ramaphosa, 65, was a lead negotiator in the transition from apartheid to democracy and then became a multimillionaire businessman before returning to politics.
After Ramaphosa was elected to head the ANC in December, he pledged to tackle some of the challenges facing the country.
Cosatu also called on President Ramaphosa to clean up state-owned enterprises.
Ramaphosa, he said, will be "walking a tightrope, balancing the competing priorities of holding his party together while avoiding economic disaster".
President Ramaphosa, who will see out the remainder of Zuma's presidential term until elections next year, faces an uphill battle to win public and investor support. The suspect, Ajay Gupta, is considered a fugitive after failing to turn himself in, according to police.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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