Mugabe is a disagreeable man

I met him to tell him just that!

Sunday, Jun. 29, 2008

Mugabe Sworn In After Discredited Vote

(HARARE, Zimbabwe) — President Robert Mugabe was sworn in for a sixth term Sunday, just hours after electoral officials said he had overwhelmingly won a discredited runoff. His main rival dismissed the inauguration as “an exercise in self-delusion.”

Mugabe promised talks with the opposition, perhaps mindful that African leaders will pressure him to negotiate at a summit he was to attend Monday in Egypt.

As dignitaries watched under a red-carpeted tent at the State House complex, Mugabe held a Bible and stood before a red-robed, white-wigged judge to swear to uphold his nation’s laws “so help me God.” He then sat amid cheering to sign documents.

“The inauguration is meaningless,” Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, told Associated Press Television News. “The world has said so, Zimbabwe has said so. So it’s an exercise in self-delusion.”


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