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Robert Mugabe sworn in for 7th term as President of Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe took oath to the office of Zimbabwe’s President for his seventh term. Since 1980, the independence year, Mugabe has headed Zimbabwe.

Aug 22, 2013 18:10 IST
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Robert Mugabe, the incumbent President of Zimbabwe on 21 August 2013 sworn in for his seventh term as the President of the country. He took oath to the office in the main sports stadium in Harare.

Earlier, the 89 year old Mugabe of Zanu-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front) party won the Presidential election (Parliamentary Election) by winning 61 percent votes in his favour on 3 August 2013. Presidential election of Zimbabwe was held on 2 August 2013.

The swearing-in ceremony of Mugabe was delayed due after his rival; Morgan Tsvangirai (won 34 percent votes) filed a petiotion against Mugabe in the court alleging widespread electoral fraud. The petition was dismissed by the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe by declaring Mugabe's re-election free, fair and credible.

Mugabe has headed the country ever since its independence from United Kingdom in 1980.

Robert Mugabe

• Robert Mugabe is one of the leaders of the guerrilla movements against white-minority rule of Zimbabwe and was elected to power in 1980.
• He served as Prime Minister from 1980 to 1987 and as the first executive head of state since 1987.
• He was born on 21 February 1924
• Mugabe was a political prisoner in Rhodesia for more than 10 years from 1964 and 1974
• He is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces

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