WATCH: Eastern Cape backs Ramaphosa for ANC president

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ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa with ANC Eastern Cape chairperson Oscar Mabuyane and ANC Eastern Cape Secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi at the the 8th Provincial Conference of the ANC in the Eastern Cape.

PORT ELIZABETH - The ANC in the Eastern Cape is throwing its weight behind deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to be the party's next president.

Newly-elected provincial chairperson Oscar Mabuyane confirmed the decision.

Ramaphosa's supporters were elected to lead the province at last month's chaotic conference where Mabuyane defeated Premier Phumulo Masualle by 935 votes to seven.

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The province will send the third biggest number of delegates to the ANC national conference in December behind KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Ramaphosa and ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are seen as the frontrunners to succeed President Jacob Zuma in December.

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete are also vying for the top post.

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