Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe's Interim President

Former Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has just been sworn in as the country's Interim President.

It follows the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe after 37 years of authoritarian rule.

The former vice-president's dismissal earlier this month by Mugabe led the ruling Zanu-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mugabe to quit.

Mnangagwa, who had fled the country, returned from exile on Wednesday.

He took the oath of office before the chief justice, in front of thousands of citizens.

“I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as the president of the republic of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe,” he swore.

The swearing in ceremony took place at the National Sports Stadium in Harare and thousands of Zimbabweans gathered at the venue to witness the "historic day".

Mugabe and wife Grace did not attend the ceremony.

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