Saturday 17 August 2019

Rapturous reception for Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe turns page on Mugabe era

Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, and his wife Auxillia, center-right, arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Emmerson Mnangagwa, center, and his wife Auxillia, center-right, arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Zimbabweans have cheered the arrival of incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa for his inauguration.

He raised his fist on arrival and the stadium crowd jumped to its feet and erupted with shouts and singing.

Mr Mnangagwa will be Zimbabwe's second leader, taking over after Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday amid impeachment proceedings.

Mr Mugabe, 93, succumbed to pressure to quit from the military, the ruling party and massive demonstrations.

Mr Mnangagwa, a former justice and defence minister, 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.

In the end, Mr Mugabe was isolated and showing few of the political skills that kept him in power for 37 years.

He will not attend Friday's swearing-in.

PA Media

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News