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Monday , 11 December 2017

Mnangagwa Sworn In As Second Zimbabwe Leader

Emmerson Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe’s new president after he was inaugurated in the capital, Harare.

Mnangagwa is the southern African nation’s second leader and takes over from Robert Mugabe, who resigned after a near-bloodless coup, ending his 37-year rule.

The new president has however, assured Mugabe and his family would be safe in the country, state media said on Friday.

Mnangagwa gave the assurance when the two men spoke for the first time since he returned home this week, according to the state-owned media, The Herald newspaper.

Also, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an intergovernmental organisation, said on Friday that it was ready to work closely with Mnangagwa and his government.

SADC is a 16-country intergovernmental organization, which is currently chaired by South Africa President Jacob Zuma.

Similarly, Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.

According to the source, Mugabe was assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation.

Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for close to four decades but stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling party turned against him.

Mugabe led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 but stepped down on Tuesday after the army seized power and the ruling party turned against him.

A government source said Mugabe, who is 93, told negotiators he wanted to die in Zimbabwe and had no plans to live in exile.

“It was very emotional for him and he was forceful about it,” said the source, who is not authorised to speak on the details of the negotiated settlement.

“For him it was very important that he be guaranteed security to stay in the country…although that will not stop him from traveling abroad when he wants to or has to,” the source said.

Mugabe’s rapid downfall was triggered by a battle to succeed him that pitted Mnangagwa against Mugabe’s wife Grace.

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