Western critics ‘vile’ – Mugabe

2013-08-22 15:07

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Harare – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe slammed critical Western nations as “vile” in an inauguration address after being sworn as president for another five years.

“As for the odd Western countries who happen to hold a different, negative view of our electoral process... we dismiss them as the vile ones whose moral turpitude we must mourn,” Mugabe said today.

Supporters wore clothes emblazoned with the image of the man who has led their nation since independence in 1980 filled the 60 000-seater venue, a show of force after elections many say were rigged.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai insists the July 31 vote was stolen and his party boycotted the inauguration.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson said the opposition leader “can’t attend a robber’s party”.

Mugabe (89) pledged “to observe, uphold and defend the constitution of Zimbabwe” in an oath administered by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, extending his 33-year rule.

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