South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has selected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader.
The nation’s deputy president defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mr Zuma’s ex-wife, after a marathon voting process.
Mr Ramaphosa is in a strong position to become president after polls in 2019.
The leadership battle caused fierce political infighting, raising fears the party may split before the polls.
Mr Ramaphosa beat Ms Dlamini-Zuma by 2440 votes to 2261, an ANC spokesperson announced.
This triggered celebrations among party members.
Media reports earlier said the announcement was delayed after Ms Dlamini-Zuma’s camp had demanded a recount.
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