Kenya's Odinga congratulates new ANC leader Ramaphosa

In a statement released shortly after Cyril Ramaphosa had been declared ANC president, Raila Odinga said it will thrill democrats in South Africa, across Africa and throughout the world.

A teary newly appointed ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa on 18 December 2017. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

ABUJA - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has congratulated new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, saying that he is confident he will give new energy to Africa’s economic dynamism.

Odinga pulled out of a presidential rerun in the East African nation in October, alleging fraud.

In a statement released shortly after Cyril Ramaphosa had been declared ANC president, Raila Odinga said it will thrill democrats in South Africa, across Africa and throughout the world.

The 72-year-old former Kenyan Prime Minister said it’s from this pivotal ANC position and drawing on South Africa’s still vibrant global standing that Ramaphosa would restore the high respect the country, as well as the continent, enjoyed under the fabled leadership of Nelson Mandela.

He reminisced about a discussion the pair had a year ago about them running for the leadership of their respective countries where they both emphasized the imperative of a renewed African democratization.

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