(AN) South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has elected deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as its new leader.

The former trade unionist and top businessman will replace his boss embattled President Jacob Zuma and would lead the ANC into elections slated for 2019.

Ramaphosa polled 2240 votes as against 2261 received by his biggest rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former African Union commission chairperson and ex-wife of the outgoing president.