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Mugabe Sworn In As Zimbabwe’s President A 7th Time

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Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has been sworn in as Zimbabwe’s president for a new five-year term, in a massive stadium inauguration, despite worries about the legitimacy of his victory.

The 89-year-old who will continue leading Mugabe having led the country since their 1980 independence.

Mugabe pledged “to observe, uphold and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe” in an oath administered by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, extending his 33-year rule.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who boycotted the inauguration, insists the July 31 vote that returned the 89-year-old to power for the seventh term was rigged.

The event took place at the country’s largest 60,000-seater sports stadium on Thursday, with around 40 world leaders invited.

Thousands of Mugabe’s supporters trooped in from across the country.

A constitutional court ruling confirmed Mugabe as president and declared the elections “free, fair and credible”, adding the results “reflected the free will of the people of Zimbabwe”.

Leader of the African Union, AU delegation that monitored the election, former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo had also described the elections as “fairly fair”.

But Tsvangirai’s spokesman said the opposition leader “couldn’t attend a robber’s party”.

The inauguration had been delayed after Tsvangirai challenged the poll results in a petition to the constitutional court.

Unlike previous investitures which were low-key, the ceremony was high-profile in what is seen as a show of power designed to confer legitimacy amid persistent questions around the vote, which extended Mugabe’s 33-year grip on power.

The electoral commission declared Mugabe winner with 61 percent of the vote, against Tsvangirai’s 34.

The elections ended a shaky power-sharing government formed by Mugabe and Tsvangirai four years ago to avoid a political conflict following a bloody presidential run-off election.

Local observers have judged the elections flawed and Western powers have raised serious doubts over the vote. But regional and continental groupings, the Southern African Development Community, and the African Union were less critical.

Tsvangirai condemned the election as “a farce” and “a massive fraud” and petitioned the court to overturn the result.

However on Friday, Tsvangirai withdrew his petition saying he would not get a fair hearing. But the constitutional court went ahead and handed down a ruling on the case anyway.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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Donald Trump and Melania

Donald Trump and wife, Melania Trump

President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

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It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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