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Friday 18 April 2014

Mugabe sworn in as president again

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe holds the bible during his inauguration in Harare (AP)

Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for another five-year term as president of Zimbabwe after disputed elections in which the opposition alleged widespread vote-rigging.

Mugabe, 89, took the oath of office at a 60,000-seat sports stadium which was filled almost to capacity.

Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku bedecked him with a green, red, black and gold presidential sash and the gold chain of office.

Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980, signed a declaration pledging to protect the rights of the people.

The main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, said in a statement that it would not attend the event, calling it "a robber's party".

Zimbabwe's state election panel said Mugabe won a landslide victory in the July 31 elections.

Press Association

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