South African president to give State of Nation address

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— South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was set to give his second State of the Nation address to parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, just months before national elections seen by many as a referendum on his ruling African National Congress party.

Ramaphosa, who came to power a year ago after former President Jacob Zuma was ousted by the party, has promised to revive South Africa's flagging economy and tackle deep-seated corruption. After he took office, South Africans experienced a rare wave of optimism after an era of bruising national politics, sometimes referred to as "Ramaphoria," but many have once again grown weary of the nation's rampant unemployment, crime and corruption.

This disillusionment with Ramaphosa's ANC party may be a crucial factor in the upcoming national elections in May.

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