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Thursday 28 August 2014

Ceremony marks Zuma's second term

Published 24/05/2014 | 11:27

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A man dances at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President Jacob Zuma for a second term (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Jacob Zuma has been sworn in for a second term as South Africa's president in a ceremony marked by prayer and air force flyovers.

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Leaders from Nigeria, Zimbabwe and other African countries were also in attendance.

Mr Zuma took the oath of office at the Union Buildings, a government complex in the South African capital of Pretoria.

On May 7, the ruling African National Congress won elections, continuing its political dominance since the end of white minority rule 20 years ago.

Those attending the inauguration included President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who was recently in Singapore for medical treatment, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, whose government, backed by international assistance, is trying to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militant group Boko Haram.

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