Aug. 22 - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at 89, is sworn in for a new five-year term. Sunita Rappai reports.
A presidential entrance for Africa's oldest leader, Robert Mugabe, in Harare as the 89-year-old is sworn in for a new five-year term. UPSOT - Mugabe reading oath of office Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, took his oath of office in a 60,000 seat football stadium in the capital. He was watched by diplomats, regional delegations and thousands of cheering fans. Mugabe's long-time rival and opponent in the last three elections, Morgan Tsvangirai, boycotted the ceremony. He has denounced the July 31 election as a huge fraud and alleged massive rigging by Mugabe's ZANU-PF party - a claim the group rejects. Mugabe and senior ZANU-PF officials are the target of sanctions by Western governments which have accused them of massive human rights violations and vote rigging. While the July poll was peaceful, in contrast to 2008 election violence, domestic monitors said registration flaws may have disenfranchised up to a million people out of 6.4 million registered voters. But regional observer missions and the African Union have broadly endorsed the vote as free and peaceful and called on all parties to accept its results.