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South Africa: President Unveils New Cabinet

1 MIN READMay 30, 2019 | 16:49 GMT

What Happened: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his new Cabinet, which includes many members of Ramaphosa's previous administration, Bloomberg reported May 29.

Why It Matters: Ramaphosa's new Cabinet underscores his willingness to take additional steps toward improving government efficiency and battling corruption, which will likely calm international investors and South Africa's business community. Nevertheless, Ramaphosa also had to retain powerful party figures to maintain balance as he and his allies seek to overhaul the country's institutions. 

Background: Ramaphosa has decided to keep Deputy President David Mabuza in his new Cabinet despite accusations of impropriety against him, which serves as a sign that Ramaphosa will require the support of powerful party figures as he attempts to reform the ruling African National Congress party.

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