PM Modi congratulates South African President Ramaphosa on being re-elected

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 14, 2019, 04.48 PM(IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph:( PTI )

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'Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to President CyrilRamaphosa on his re-election,' Modi tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on being re-elected, and also said that the relationship between the two countries will continue to grow deeper and stronger.

"Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to President @CyrilRamaphosa on his re-election. India and South Africa are close partners with many shared values and common interests. I am confident that our relationship will continue to grow deeper and stronger," Modi tweeted.

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Ramaphosa's ruling ANC won re-election last week with an absolute majority in parliament, results showed, but with diminished support, complicating economic revival and anti-corruption efforts.

The African National Congress (ANC) held a comfortable lead with 57.73 per cent after 95 per cent of voting districts were officially tallied following Wednesday's vote.

President Ramaphosa, 66, took over last year when the ANC forced then-president Jacob Zuma to resign after nine years dominated by corruption allegations and economic decline.