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16/02/2018 21:25 SAST | Updated 16/02/2018 21:25 SAST

In Pictures: President Cyril Ramaphosa Delivers His Inaugural State Of The Nation Address

The "new dawn" president received a standing ovation.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his state of the nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018.

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his inaugural state of the nation address (Sona) on Friday evening. His explosive speech was littered with rhetoric promising "a new dawn" and was delivered with no interruptions — even the EFF sat through the entire speech!

Look at the images for the historic moment:

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    President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. 
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by his wife Tshepo Motsepe, arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. 
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. 
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa and Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete arrive for Ramaphosa's State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. 
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by his wife Tshepo Motsepe, arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Brenton Geach/Pool
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. 
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. R
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Rodger Bosch/Pool
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa takes part in the national salute as he arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. 
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    South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets dignitaries as he arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office.
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    South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa (C) arrives to deliver his State of the Nation address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nasief Manie (Photo credit should read NASIEF MANIE/AFP/Getty Images)
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    South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa (L) delivers his State of the Nation address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office. 
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    South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa (C) arrives to deliver his State of the National address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office. 
  • / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nasief Manie (Photo credit should read NASIEF MANIE/AFP/Getty Images)
    South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa (C) arrives to deliver his State of the National address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office. 
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    South Africa's newly-minted president Cyril Ramaphosa (2ndR) reviews a guard of honour as he arrives to deliver his State of the National address at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 16, 2018. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political pageantry and policy announcements, but the flagship event was postponed last week as Zuma battled to stay in office. 
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    President Cyril Ramaphosa, accompanied by his wife Tshepo Motsepe, arrive to deliver the State of the Nation address at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Nasief Manie/Pool
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