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Zimbabwe: Mugabe sworn in for another five years as president

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe sworn in for another five years as president

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The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has been sworn in for another five-year term.

The 89-year-old is the oldest leader in Africa.

Thousands of cheering supporters, diplomats and delegations from the region attended the inauguration ceremony at a football stadium in Harare.

The leader of the opposition, Morgan Tsvangirai, boycotted the ceremony. He has denounced the July 31 election as a “huge fraud”.

Observers from the African Union said voting was broadly free and peaceful.

However the European Union has said it will review relations with Zimbabwe because of serious concerns about the election.

Britain, Zimbabwe’s former colonial ruler, said there should be an independent investigation into allegations of voting irregularities. The US declared the election flawed.

It will be Mugabe’s fifth term as president of the southern African state.