The inauguration ceremony of the new Zimbabwean president took place Sunday in Harare, the capital, where he promised a “better future” to his compatriots.
Emmerson Mnangagwa also announced an investigation into the deaths of six people killed in clashes between the army and opposition activists after the presidential election last July.
The violence is “unacceptable,” Mnangagwa said, condemning the post-election violence. “They should be foreign to us as Zimbabweans,” he added.
Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the main opposition party, the MDC, continues to contest his victory and claims to have won the presidential election, despite confirmation of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election by the Constitutional Court on Friday.
The July poll was the first to be held in Zimbabwe since President Robert Mugabe was removed from the presidency in late 2017 after several decades in power.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, a member of Zanu-PF, Mugabe’s party, also promised to carry out “radical economic reforms” to attract foreign investment and encourage the domestic private sector to invest in the country.
“Job creation will be at the heart of our policies,” he promised.
Thousands of supporters of the ruling party lined up for hours in front of the stadium where the inauguration ceremony took place, in the presence of several heads of state of the region.