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HARARE, Crowds are gathering at a 60,000-seat stadium in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, to witness the swearing-in of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country's president.

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

The former vice-president's dismissal earlier this month 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.

The ceremony will be at the National Sports Stadium and organisers have called on Zimbabweans to come and witness a "historic day".

After Mnangagwa and his wife Auxilia enter and the national anthem is played, Bishop Mutendi will lead the stadium in prayer.

Mnangagwa will take his oath of office at about 11:30 local time (09:30 GMT), before a flypast and a gun salute. The new president will speak at about noon local time.

Ahead of the swearing-in, Mnangagwa urged Zimbabweans to "remain patient and peaceful and desist from any form of vengeful retribution".

Mnangagwa pledged to create jobs in a country where some estimates say 90% of people are unemployed.

On Thursday, Zimbabwe's main opposition MDC party called for deep-rooted political reform to dismantle the repressive apparatus that sustained Mugabe's regime.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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