Emmerson Mnangagwa at the weekend took the oath as Zimbabwe’s president in front of a stadium crowd after a divisive election, as US observers of the vote questioned the country’s democratic credentials.
The constitutional court confirmed Mnangagwa as president in a ruling released on Friday, dismissing a challenge by the opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, who he defeated in the 30 July ballot.
Thousands of people, some bussed in from outside the capital, joined foreign leaders at Harare’s national stadium on Sunday for the inauguration of Mnangagwa, who narrowly secured the 50% of the vote he needed to avoid a runoff against Chamisa.
He took the oath before the country’s chief justice, Luke Malaba, who along with with eight other constitutional court judges had dismissed Chamisa’s petition.
Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe’s second president since 1980.