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Emmerson Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe's new President

PICTURED: Emmerson Mnangagwa

ZIMBABWE'S NEW President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in to office, in front of thousands of supports in Harare.

Taking his oath of office, the 75-year-old former security chief known as 'The Crocodile' vowed to uphold the constitution of the former British colony and protect the rights of all Zimbabwe's 16 million citizens.

Mnangagwa, replaces Robert Mugabe after his resignation on Tuesday and will become the country's second leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980.

The military, fresh from putting Mr Mugabe under house arrest just days ago, quickly swore its loyalty to the new leader.

During his speech, the new President paid tribute to Mugabe in speech: He said: "To me personally, he remains a father, mentor, comrade in arms and my leader."

Following the inauguration, popular figures have congratulated Mnangagwa on his new role.

"Congratulations to the new President of Zimbabwe His Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa" said gender activist Dlamini Zuma. "We also congratulate the people of the great nation of Zimbabwe for the exemplary peaceful transition."

Mufti Ismail Menk of Zimbabwe also had some kind words for him, tweeting: "Congratulations to our newly appointed President Cde Emmerson #Mnangagwa. We pray that the Almighty guide you to make the best decisions for the people of #Zimbabwe. We pray for a turnaround in the economy and positive growth in all spheres of life. #freshstart #Zimbabwe"

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