July 25, 2024
S.Africa Inaugurates New Unity Government
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S.Africa Inaugurates New Unity Government

South Africa’s new unity government under President Cyril Ramaphosa began being sworn in during a televised ceremony in Cape Town on Wednesday following weeks of coalition haggling.

Ahead of the 32 ministers making up the cabinet, Paul Mashatile, who has been re-appointed deputy president, was the first to take the oath.

On Sunday, Ramaphosa, 71, unveiled his highly anticipated coalition government, which includes the leader of the former main opposition party and sees the number of ministries rise from 30 to 32. There are also 43 deputy ministers.

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His African National Congress (ANC), which has governed since the advent of democracy in 1994, sought to form a government of national unity after losing its outright parliamentary majority in May 29 elections.