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89 Year Old Mugabe Sworn In For Extra 5 Years by modextus(m): 1:22pm On Aug 22, 2013
Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for a seventh term in office as Zimbabwe's leader as Thursday was declared a public holiday to allow supporters of the 89-year-old to attend the inauguration.

The ceremony had been delayed by a court petition filed by his main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, over allegations of widespread electoral fraud.

But the Constitutional Court dismissed the case, declaring Mr Mugabe's re-election "free, fair and credible".

Mr Mugabe won with 61% of the presidential vote against 34% for Mr Tsvangirai on 31 July.

The inauguration organisers have booked several international performing artists - from the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Jamaica. However, the MDC and its leader, outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, will not be attending, bitter about what they say was a "stolen, and rigged election".

Post-election rancour is not dying away. Both party leaders have been trading insults. It is likely to cascade down, polarising supporters and the nation alike.

Outgoing Prime Minister and opposition leader Mr Tsvangirai said he would not be attending the inauguration ceremony.

"Expecting Tsvangirai to attend the inauguration is like expecting a victim of robbery to attend a party hosted by the robber," his spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, told AFP.

'Fearless revolutionary' The BBC's Brian Hungwe in the capital, Harare, says there was an air of excitement at the national sports stadium ahead of the inauguration ceremony.

The US and UK have expressed concern over the official results granting victory to Mr Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

"I have grave concerns over the conduct of the election, and the flaws highlighted in the South African Development Community (Sadc) and African Union observation missions' initial assessments," UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement on Thursday.

"There is strong evidence that these elections fell short of Sadc's own guidelines and the Zimbabwean electoral law. As such, we are concerned about the potential implications for the region."

It was critical that reforms advanced under the power-sharing government were not lost, he added.

Mr Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lost two court cases related to fraud claims in last month's disputed elections. Rulings were issued despite the MDC withdrawing its case saying it would not get a fair hearing.

Some 40 heads of state and government have been invited to attend the high-profile inauguration ceremony.

Once inaugurated, Mr Mugabe will serve another five-year term. Under the new constitution approved in a referendum earlier this year he will be able to serve another term after this.

Mr Mugabe served as Zimbabwe's first post-independence prime minister between 1980 and 1987, and has held office as president ever since.


Re: 89 Year Old Mugabe Sworn In For Extra 5 Years by moscobabs(m): 1:23pm On Aug 22, 2013
he will not finish the tenure
Re: 89 Year Old Mugabe Sworn In For Extra 5 Years by Konjour(m): 2:22pm On Aug 22, 2013
A 94 year old president. It boggles the mind. I'm sure he'd still run for the presidency again after his current tenure runs out. Where are military coups when you are need them?

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