South Africa's parliament has re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's president following a landmark coalition deal between the governing African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties.

Iran PressAfrica: The new government of national unity combines Mr. Ramaphosa's ANC, the center-right Democratic Alliance (DA), and smaller parties.

In his victory speech, Mr. Ramaphosa hailed the new coalition, and said voters expected the leaders to "act and to work together for the good of everyone in our country".

The agreement was hashed out on a day of high political drama, which saw the National Assembly sitting late into the evening for votes to confirm who would hold power in the new administration.

Earlier, a deal was struck following weeks of speculation about whom the ANC would partner with after losing its parliamentary majority for the first time in 30 years in last month's elections.

It got 40% of the vote, while the DA came second with 22%.


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