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The 'Crocodile' sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 02:04

Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in on Friday as president of Zimbabwe in front of thousands of cheering supporters at Harare's national stadium, bringing the final curtain down on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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UPSOT (English) PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE, EMMERSON MNANGAGWA, SAYING: "I, Emmerson Dambuzo Mnangagwa..." Bringing down the final curtain on the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe. In front of a packed national stadium in Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president on Friday (November 24). In his inaugural address the man known as the "Crocodile" laid out a grand vision to revitalize the country's ravaged economy and push ahead with elections scheduled for next year. SOUNDBITE (English) PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE, EMMERSON MNANGAGWA, SAYING: "I am not oblivious to the many Zimbabweans from across the political, ethnic and racial divides that have helped make this day and thus have legitimate expectations from the office now I occupy." Mnangagwa, who took over from Mugabe after a military intervention, announced Zimbabwe was ready to re-engage with the outside world. But said its land reform process could not be reversed. His speech an olive branch to opponents, apparently aiming to bridge the ethnic and political divides exploited by his predecessor. Mugabe himself wasn't present for the historic inauguration citing tiredness as a reason for staying away. Mnangagwa only arrived back in the country days before after fleeing for his own safety two weeks ago. He had been vice president until he was fired to clear the way for Mugabe's wife Grace. Some question whether a man who loyally served for so long can bring deep change. On Friday, Mugabe's former finance minister was admitted to hospital after what his lawyer said was a violent week in military custody. But Mnangagwa has assured his former boss that he and his family, including his wife Grace, will be safe. In a resignation deal, Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity in Zimbabwe, where he says he wants to end his days.

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The 'Crocodile' sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 02:04