- New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received messages from world leaders on Sunday
- He conducted discussions with leaders from Angola, Abu Dhabi, Sweden, Britain and Botswana
- Local opposition leaders also offered their congratulations but warned him they'd be expecting change
The new President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, received messages of congratulations from a number of Heads of State and Government during a round of telephone calls on Sunday afternoon.
The calls came at President Ramaphosa's official residence in Cape Town, following his unopposed election and swearing in.
Briefly.co.za shared a list of five of the leaders who held telephone conversations with our President:
1. President Joao Lourenco from Angola
2. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed Sultan Al Nahyan
3. Prime Minister Kjell Stefan Löfven of Sweden
4.Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom
5. President Ian Khama of Botswana.
Local opposition parties also offered their congratulations to President Ramaphosa, but said that he would need to prove his words with action.
"President Ramaphosa, I want to on behalf of the DA congratulate you, wish you well and I want you to know, if you act in interests of the people of South Africa, we will cooperate as best we can," Mmusi Maimane of the Democratic Alliance said.
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa reminded Ramaphosa that his rise to power was not due to just his party.
"Mr President, your abrupt rise to the highest office in the land is the collective efforts of the relentless struggles of people of South Africa from all walks of life against the then ANC deployed corrupt leader [Zuma]," Holomisa said, following Ramaphosa's maiden State of the Nation address.
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