Ex-Zimbabwean Vice Presidnet Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired earlier this month, was sworn in as the country’s interim president, replacing Robert Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe for 37 years and was deposed this week during a military coup. During his speech, Mnangagwa promised to hold free and fair elections.
Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwean President Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
At least 70,000 people gathered today (Friday) at the national stadium in Harare in order to watch the swearing in ceremony of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa, replacing Robert Mugabe, who ruled over the country since it gained its independence from England 37 years ago. Mugabe resigned following a military coup that began in the country last week.
70-year-old Mnangagwa, who was the Zimbabwean Vice President under Mugabe’s rule and was fired earlier this month, promised during his speech to hold free and fair elections next year and to work towards rehabilitating the country’s battered economy. “I pledge to serve our country as president of all citizens, regardless of color, religion, tribe or political affiliation,” Mnangagwa stated in his first official address.
Deposed President Robert Mugabe Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Mnangagwa also promised to work towards mending the political and ethnic divisions that Zimbabwe suffered from under its former tyrant’s rule. Along with calls for bringing the country into a new era of democracy and liberalism, the new president also declared during his 30-minute address his commitment to aiding the Palestinian people in gaining their rights.
As reported on Tuesday by JOL, 93-year-old ousted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe officially resigned after almost 40 years in power. Mugabe handed in his letter of resignation shortly after the local parliament began the impeachment process. The leader was given less than 24 hours to resign or else face impeachment by the ruling political party ZANU-PF following a military coup in the country last week. According to a local reporter, approximately 1.5 million citizens marched the streets in celebration without any violent incidents.