South Africa’s President Retains Finance Minister

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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa retained Tito Mboweni as finance minister on Wednesday as he appointed a new, smaller cabinet, Reuters has reported.

He also retained David Mabuza as Deputy President. David Mabuza is considered a strong ally of former President Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa was inaugurated at the weekend, two weeks after his ruling African National Congress saw its majority cut in national elections.

Ramaphosa noted that the cabinet will be trimmed to 28 ministers, down from 36 previously appointed.

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