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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwean president

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa being sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba

LONDON, UK– Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice Luke Malaba sworn in the country president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday for his first five-year term as the President of Zimbabwe.

Taking the oath of office, the newly elected president said, “I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as President of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and will obey, uphold and defend the Constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe,” said Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium took placed after the Constitutional Court on Friday terminated an application by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa seeking to overturn his victory in the July 30 presidential polls.

According to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and several international election observer groups, President-elect Mnangagwa obtained 50.67 percent of the vote cast against his nearest rival Chamisa’s 44.3 percent.

The youthful opposition leader and former cabinet minister, Chamisa challenged the result contending that there were several electoral irregularities. Meanwhile, the high court dismissed the petition on grounds that the youthful opposition leader had failed to provide evidence to back his rigging claims.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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