“I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe, I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and obey, uphold and defend the constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe.”
With these words, former Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa stepped into the shoes of disgraced Robert Mugabe, who was forced to resign Wednesday; moments after the Zimbabwean Parliament commenced an impeachment proceedings against him.

Emmerson Mnangagwa and Auxillia arrive at the presidential inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare on Friday. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

His resignation put a disgraceful end to a draconian era, which lasted 37 years.
Mnangagwa was sworn in the country’s capital, Harare, accompanied by his wife Auxilia he took the oath of office before Chief Justice Luke Malaba.
Mnangagwa’s dismissal few weeks earlier had led the ruling ZANU-PF party and the army to intervene and force Mugabe to quit.
He fled the country in the wake of the political upheaval, only to return on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans gathered at a stadium in Harare, jubilating and congratulating one another, singing and dancing.
Raised banners with writings such as “Dawn of a new era” and “No to retribution” festooned the atmosphere.