Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as South Africa’s president after the resignation of the embattled Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president.
In a speech to parliament after his confirmation as president, Mr Ramaphosa, 65, said that corruption was on his radar, to the cheers of MPs from the ruling African National Congress.
In a dramatic turn of events over the past week, the ANC had told Mr Zuma to step down or face a vote of no-confidence.
Zuma, 75, bowed to the pressure and in a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect, even if he disagreed with his party’s decision.
One opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, walked out of the parliamentary debate, claiming it wants new elections, rather than the ANC deciding on the identity of the new president.
There is a renewed sense of hope as Mr Ramaphosa is taking over the reins of Africa’s most industrialised economy, with the country’s currency, the rand, reaching its strongest levels in three years – at 11.6570 rand for $1 in early trading, BBC writes.
Mr Zuma, a former member of the ANC’s military wing in the days of apartheid, rose through the ranks of the party to become president, but he leaves office with numerous corruption scandals hanging over him, and with South Africa’s economy in the woods.