New president Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken office.
Emmerson Mnangagwa made a solemn promise on Sunday as President of Zimbabwe. This happened after the Constitutional Court confirmed its tight victory on Friday in the presidential elections that took place on July 30.
Zimbabwean opposition lawmakers – the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) – called the vote manipulated and demanded a repeat or a nomination for Mnangagwa's rival, Nelson Chamis, MDC-T candidate.
The elections themselves were peaceful, but two days later Harare entered the army to launch opposition protests, which cast doubt on Mnangagwom Zimbabwe entering a new era after the 37-year reign of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe. Foreign observers judged the elections in Zimbabwe as free but unfair because the ruling party has control over state authorities, media and security forces.
Mnangagwa (75), a former confidant of Mugabe, has indicated that he is willing to cooperate with Chamis. "It's time for us to move forward together," said an old-fashioned president who promised democratic and economic reforms.
Chamisa said on Saturday that he was reluctant to reject the verdict of the Constitutional Court and regards inauguration as fraudulent.
Mnangagwa replaced Mugabe last November, forced to withdraw from the army. She did this in connection with purges in the ruling party, which also involved Mnangagwu – the vice-president at that time, supported by the influential Wing Veterans Association.