Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa sworn in as president after Robert Mugabe resigns
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Zimbabwe’s recently fired vice president has been sworn in as leader after more than a week of political turmoil which saw despot Robert Mugabe ousted from power.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, who recently fled the country in fear of his life, made a triumphant return on Wednesday in advance of his inauguration as president.
Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans gathered at Harare’s National Sports Stadium for the swearing-in event.
The ceremony will bring a final end to Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule.
Mr Mugabe, 93, who had led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980, stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling party ZANU-PF turned against him.
Former defence chief Mr Mnangagwa is just the second president in independent Zimbabwe’s 37-year existence.
Mr Mnangagwa was a key Mugabe confidant for decades until they fell out because of the presidential ambitions of Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace. Despite his long association with the government, Mr Mnangagwa has promised democracy.