(Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)
Cape Town - South Africa's fifth democratic Parliament holds
its first sitting on Wednesday morning to swear in new MPs and formally elect
President Jacob Zuma as head of state.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng will preside over the swearing
in of the 400 new members of the National Assembly - a process traditionally
undertaken in batches of 10 for speed's sake.
Following this, the chamber will elect a new Speaker. The
African National Congress announced on Tuesday that it will nominate Baleka Mbete, the party's national chairperson, to return to the post of Speaker she
held from 2004 to 2008.
Once elected, the Speaker will preside over the election of
the deputy speaker. The ANC plans to nominate Lechesa Tsenoli for the post.
MPs will then elect the country's new president, a post
certain to go to Zuma for a second term.
He will take the oath of office at the Union Buildings on
Saturday, bringing foreign dignitaries back to the capital for the inauguration
five months after former president Nelson Mandela lay in state there.
Zuma will announce his new Cabinet on Sunday.
- Election results