Kgalema Motlanthe elected South Africa's president

Other News Materials 25 September 2008 17:11 (UTC +04:00)

African National Congress (ANC) deputy leader Kgalema Motlanthe was elected South Africa's caretaker president Thursday in a landslide vote in the National Assembly in Cape Town, reported dpa.

Motlanthe easily defeated Joe Seremane, candidate of the official opposition Democratic Alliance.

His election comes four days after Thabo Mbeki submitted his resignation following demands by the ANC that he resign.

Motlanthe is expected to be replaced as president after general elections slated for April or May next year by ANC leader Jacob Zuma.