Emmerson Mnangagwa officially inaugurated as president of Zimbabwe

The president of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa officially sworn in Sunday, after several weeks of intense controversy on the conditions of his election on 30 July, judged fraudulent by the opposition.

“I, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, swear that as the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and will defend the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” said Mr Mnangagwa during the investiture ceremony.

“I protègerai and will push for the rights of Zimbabweans, with the help of God”, he added, the bust wearing a green scarf, in front of thousands of supporters and many african heads of State gathered in a stadium in Harare.

His swearing has been acclaimed by a thunder of applause.

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Elected with 50.8% of the vote

Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75 years, took the head of Zimbabwe last November after the resignation of Robert Mugabe, unleashed by the army and his ruling party, Zanu-PF, at the end of an autocratic rule of thirty-seven years.

The candidate of the Zanu-PF, former vice-president has been proclaimed winner of the presidential election of 30 July, credited for 50.8% of the vote, compared to 44.3% for his rival Movement for democratic change (MDC), Nelson Chamisa.

Arguing that many frauds, the MDC challenged these results before the constitutional Court.

But the highest court in the country has validated and finally the election on Friday, saying that the opposition had not made the evidence of these irregularities.

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