February 15, 2018 / 10:29 AM / in 6 months

South Africa opposition EFF says will boycott election of new president Thursday

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s far-left Economic Freedom Fighters party leader Julius Malema said on Thursday his party will not take part in the election of new president so as not to legitimise a candidate put forward by the ruling ANC.

Julius Malema, leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, speaks during a media briefing at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 12, 2018. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

“The EFF will not participate in the election of a new president to replace Zuma because we do not want to legitimise anyone from the ruling party,” Malema said, adding his party wanted early national elections.

Acting president Cyril Ramaphosa is due to be confirmed as Jacob Zuma’s permanent successor in a parliamentary vote later on Thursday.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by James Macharia

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