Zimbabwe’s president for another five-year term on Thursday
Veteran leader Robert Mugabe was sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president for another five-year term on Thursday before a stadium packed with tens of thousands of jubilant supporters.
Mugabe, 89, pledged “to observe, uphold and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe” in an oath administered by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, extending his 33-year rule.
Supporters clad in clothes emblazoned with the image of the man who has lead their nation since independence in 1980 filled the 60,000-seater venue, a show of force after elections many say were rigged.
Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai insists the July 31 vote was stolen and his party boycotted the inauguration.
Tsvangirai’s spokesman said the opposition leader “can’t attend a robber’s party.”