Aug. 22 - Robert Mugabe begins his fifth term as president of Zimbabwe following a large ceremony in the capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Africa's oldest leader at 89, was sworn in on Thursday for a new five-year term in the face of criticism from opponents and the West that his re-election in a July vote was not credible. Mugabe, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980, has told critics of his re-election to "go hang" and has vowed to press ahead with nationalist policies forcing foreign firms to turn over majority stakes to black Zimbabweans. He took his new oath of office at a ceremony held in a the 60,000-seat football stadium in Harare witnessed by thousands of cheering supporters, diplomats and delegations from the region. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE, SAYS: "I, Robert Gabriel Mugabe swear I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Zimbabwe and I will observe the laws of Zimbabwe, so help me God." This will be Mugabe's fifth term as president of the southern African state. He had also served two terms as prime minister after 1980 independence ended white minority rule in the country previously known as Rhodesia.