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HARARE, Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been inaugurated as Zimbabwe's new leader, taking over from his toppled predecessor Robert Mugabe.

Tens of thousands of people gathered at Zimbabwe's National Sports Stadium, to see Mnangagwa's inauguration on Friday.

Mnangagwa, who was sacked from his role as Mugabe's deputy earlier this month, is only the second president in Zimbabwe's 37-year existence as an independent nation.

Mugabe, who had been the world's oldest head of state, resigned on Tuesday after the ruling ZANU-PF party sacked him as its leader and threatened to begin impeachment proceedings.

Mnangagwa served as a former justice and defense minister, and was an important Mugabe confidant for decades before the pair fell out because of the presidential ambitions of Mugabe's wife, Grace. Mugabe sacked Mnangagwa from his vice presidential role in early November. Mnangagwa then fled to South Africa.

In his first speech since returning, Mnangagwa said he had fled the country because of threats to his life.

He also pledged "jobs, jobs" for Zimbabweans, who have seen their country's economy collapse during Mugabe's period in office.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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