Mnan­gagwa sworn in, vows to ‘re-en­gage’ Zim­babwe with world

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Zim­babwe’s new Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has pledged to re-en­gage the coun­try with the world, fol­low­ing the dra­matic departure of Robert Mu­gabe.

In his inau­gu­ra­tion speech yes­ter­day, Mr Mnan­gagwa sought to re­as­sure for­eign in­vestors to at­tract badly needed funds to re­vive Zim­babwe’s fail­ing econ­omy.

And he also praised Mr Mu­gabe, call­ing him Zim­babwe’s “found­ing fa­ther”.

Mr Mnan­gagwa’s dis­missal as vice-pres­i­dent ear­lier this month led the rul­ing party and the army to in­ter­vene.

Mr Mu­gabe - who had wanted Grace Mu­gabe, the then-first lady, to take up the pres­i­dency - was forced to an­nounce his res­ig­na­tion on Tues­day, end­ing 37 years of au­thor­i­tar­ian rule.

Ad­dress­ing Harare’s packed 60,000-ca­pac­ity Na­tional Sports Sta­dium, the new leader said Zim­babwe was now “ready and will­ing for a steady re-en­gage­ment with all the na­tions of the world”.

He said “key choices will have to be made to at­tract for­eign direct in­vest­ment to tackle high-lev­els of un­em­ploy­ment while trans­form­ing our econ­omy”. (BBC News)

Photo: AFP

Zim­bab­wean new in­terim Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa re­ceives the chain and sash of of­fice from the Chief Judge of the Supreme Court, Chief Jus­tice Luke Mal­aba, dur­ing his swear­ing-in at a cer­e­mony in Harare yes­ter­day

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