Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken the oath as President of Zimbabwe in front of a stadium nation after a split vote when US observers questioned the country's democratic legitimacy.
The Constitutional Court upheld Mnangagwa as President in a ruling Friday dismissing a challenge from opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, whom he had defeated on July 30, 1
Thousands of people, some of whom arrived from outside the capital, joined forces Sunday in the National Stadium of Harare the inauguration of Mnangagwa, who just received the 50% of the votes he needed to avoid a runoff against Chamisa.
He took the oath before the country's chief judge, Luke Malaba, along with eight other Constitutional Court judges, denied Chamisa's petition . The election was seen as a significant step towards shunning Zimbabwe Mnangagwa's predecessor, Robert Mugabe, had managed to shed and
hours before the inauguration said US observers from the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute, Zimbabwe have a "tolerant democratic culture" in which political parties are treated equally The election was interrupted by procedural errors, followed by a raid on opposition supporters that undermined Mnangagwa 's promises during the election campaign, corruption and mismanagement. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en which was endemic under Mugabe to break] The crackdown that killed six people recalled the h artillery security tactics that marked the 37-year reign of Mugabe, which was eliminated in November by a coup d'état.
The US observers also urged "all sides to rely on peaceful expression and to avoid acts or threats of retaliation against political rivals following the decision of the Constitutional Court. N.
Washington has travel and financial sanctions against senior officials of the ruling Zanu-PF party, including Mnangagwa, and some state-owned companies, US support will be the key to Zimbabwe, which secures funding from the International Monetary Fund.
The European Union has sanctions that now only Mugabe and his wife Grace are reserved, gradually abolished.