Robert Mugabe has been sworn in for a sixth term as Zimbabwe’s president after an election dismissed by the international community as a sham.
Official results showed that the 84-year-old, the only candidate, won with 85 percent of the vote.
Mugabe has offered to talk to political opponents to, as he put it, “minimise our differences”.
But opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who described Mugabe’s inauguration as “a meaningless exercise in self-delusion”, showed little enthusiasm.
“This is not an extension of the hand,” he said. “He has no option but to negotiate with the opposition.”
Election observers from the Pan-African Parliament have called for a new election to be held.
Mugabe is now expected to attend an African Union summit in Egypt.