South African parliament has elected the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s third post-apartheid head of state.
Ramaphosa was named by the ruling ANC to take over from Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa is currently one of South Africa’s richest politician.
Speaking after his election, President Ramaphosa promised to serve with humility, faithfullness, and dignity.
"I will seek to serve with humility, faithfulness, and dignity," the newly elected president said.
Ramaphosa finished by promising that he will work hard "not to disappoint the people of South Africa."
Earlier Thursday, the country’s Parliament officially received the resignation letter of former president Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete confirmed.
Mbete released a statement confirming the letter was received on Thursday and would be officially tabled in the Announcements, Tablings and Committees Journal.
It is effective immediately.
"The Speaker has been informed by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of his available to preside over the National Assembly's election of the new President this afternoon," Mbete said.
"This has necessitated that the election of the President, which was initially scheduled for Friday, 16 February 2018, be changed to today at 14.00."
The motion of no confidence in Zuma, scheduled for Thursday, will thus fall away once the resignation letter is read into the record during the sitting.
"The Speaker thanks President Zuma for his service to the people of South Africa in the last eight years and wishes him well," Mbete added.