South Africa's ruling ANC party votes for new leader Monday

Cyril Ramaphosa Wins ANC Leadership Battle in South Africa

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has selected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party's leader.

Mr. Zuma, who will cease to be party leader this week but whose term as the country's president does not end until 2019, will leave his successor a number of problems, but one above all: a once-heroic liberation party that has now become associated with graft, cronyism and incompetence and has been losing core supporters.

Zuma's presidency has been plagued by series of scandals and corruption allegations since 2009 when he first became the president, which has also caused a rift within the party and tainted the party's image home and overseas. Delegates from around South Africa cast their ballots after repeated delays caused by disputes over who was entitled to vote. "The markets favour Ramaphosa and expect him to improve the economy". It was not clear when the outcome would be announced.

But as a wealthy member of Mr. Zuma's government who was largely silent in the face of cronyism and corruption, Mr. Ramaphosa is seen by critics as more a creature of that system than an honest broker and corruption fighter.

Others, including a former finance minister, accuse the current president of removing between £8bn and £11bn from state coffers in corruption allegations.

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Thus, Ramaphosa has a strong chance of being the next South African president.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma, 68, had been critical of the enduring power of white-owned businesses and had pledged to tackle what she said was continued racial inequality.

Ramaphosa drew the majority of nominations from party branches scattered across the country.

"The race is extremely close", said Susan Booysen, a political analyst at the University of Witwatersrand's School of Governance in Johannesburg.

When branch nominations were collated earlier this month, Ramaphosa snatched an early lead.

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