Promising jobs and justice, Ramaphosa sworn in as president May 26, 2019 0 594 12345 ReutersPRETORIATrade unionist-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s president on Saturday, vowing to create jobs and tackle deep-rooted corruption that has strangled economic growth.Ramaphosa, who becomes the country’s fourth democratically elected president since the end of apartheid, took the presidential oath before a crowd of about 32,000 people in a rugby stadium in the capital, Pretoria.“Today our nation enters a new era of hope and renewal,” said Ramaphosa, 66, wearing a dark suit and flanked by foreign leaders including Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.“Let us forge a compact for growth and economic opportunities, for productive land and wider opportunities... A compact of an efficient, capable and ethical state. A state that is free from corruption,” said Ramaphosa, a former anti-apartheid activist and trade union leader who has wide-ranging business interests.Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) clinched a 57.5% majority in a general election earlier in May, down from 62% in 2014 as voters turned against the ruling party due to revelations about government corruption and record unemployment.Ramaphosa narrowly won the ANC leadership race in late 2017 and replaced scandal-plagued predecessor Jacob Zuma as state president in February 2018, a year before the latter’s term was due to expire.Since then he has struggled to mend factions in the party opposed to his reform plans, especially at cash-strapped state power supplier Eskom. His promises to punish party members accused of corruption have also stuttered.The challenges facing Ramaphosa were highlighted on Friday by the resignation of Eskom’s chief executive, who quit only a year since he was appointed to stabilise the utility and keep the lights on after nationwide blackouts.Also on Friday, S&P Global Ratings kept South Africa’s credit rating unchanged one notch below investment grade. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES US to send more troops to Middle East to counter Iranian ‘threat’ May 26, 2019 0 1081 Lebanon denies forcing Syrians home from Beirut airport May 26, 2019 0 547 Sudan military chief visits Egypt, first trip since Bashir’s ouster May 26, 2019 0 254 Nine civilians killed in Yemen’s Taez province, say rebels Sanaa: Nine civilians were killed in overnight air strikes east of Yemen’s third city of Taez, a medic and rebel forces said Saturday. Two children were among the nine killed in air strikes by a Saudi-led military .. Turkey sends weapons to Syrian rebels amid Russia-backed assault Reuters Al-Khalidi AMMAN Turkey has equipped an array of mainstream Syrian rebels it backs with fresh supplies of weaponry to help them try to repel a major Russian-backed assault, senior opposition officials and rebel .. C Africa militia hands over men wanted for massacre AFP Bangui The 3R militia group, blamed for a massacre of more than 50 civilians in the Central Africa Republic earlier this week, has handed over three of its members to the authorities, the government said Saturday. The .. China calls on Germany to correct ‘mistakes’ over asylum for HK activists BEIJING: China has made “solemn representations” to Germany after it granted refugee status to two Hong Kong activists facing rioting charges in the Chinese-ruled city, demanding it correct its “mistakes”, state news .. Zimbabwe’s main opposition MDC meets to elect president Gweru: Zimbabwe’s main opposition this weekend is expected to elect Nelson Chamisa as its next president in its first congress since the death of its revered founder, Morgan Tsvangirai. The Movement for Democratic ..