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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Mugabe sworn in as president again

Published 22/08/2013 | 12:57

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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.

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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.

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