Mugabe swears in loyalist Cabinet

2013-09-11 22:24
Zimbabwe's Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, left, swears in Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his inauguration in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Zimbabwe's Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, left, swears in Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during his inauguration in Harare. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has sworn in a 62-member Cabinet of ministers and their deputies that critics say rewards veteran hardliners for his party's commanding victory in disputed elections in July.

State television showed the jovial ceremony on Wednesday that brought into the Cabinet many veteran party personalities accused of human and democratic rights violations since Mugabe led the nation to independence in 1980.

Mugabe did not retain any members of the opposition, who had been in a coalition with Mugabe formed after the last violent and disputed elections in 2008.

The Crisis Coalition, an alliance of 72 independent civic, rights and church groups, said Mugabe chose "to go back to the trenches" using loyalists who have resisted reform after years of alleged vote rigging and political and economic turmoil.

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